Emotional Montage: Sickness

For my montage, I tried to capture the feeling of being sick. I tried to isolate details that may seem abstract when viewed alone (tea brewing, the TV playing) but can be pieced together to form a snapshot of the emotions a person feels when unwell. I used repetition as well to reinforce the feelings of frustration and helplessness a person encounters when feeling under the weather.  

October 1, 2019
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The Devil Wears Prada and Hercules Montages

To show two of Eisenstein’s methods of montage, I found this scene from The Devil Wears Prada: In it, main character Andy has finally become fashionable (at least to the standards of her high-fashion workplace), which is shown in this scene by way of a montage of her daily oufits. I believe the techniques of this montage fit fairly well into the categories of rhythmic montage and metric montage. I…

September 27, 2019
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Montage: Bigfoot Season

Using both continuous and discontinuous cuts, I constructed a montage scene that depicts a young woman’s search for the truth. I used both postcards and the growth of the web of papers and string upon the wall to insinuate time’s passage as well as create a linear story. I used primarily the technique of rhythmic montage, cutting based on framing and motion.  

September 26, 2019
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Untouchables Montage

The Untouchables is violent movie that focuses Eliot Ness’s war with Al Capone in the prohibition era of the 1920s. I chose the overtonal montage of the train station scene from the 1987 film, The Untouchables. The scene is emotional; it plays on the audience’s fears, of seeing bystanders caught between Eliot Ness and the mafia’s war. The scene of the baby in the stroller rolling down the stairs adds…

September 24, 2019
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Montage Blog (The Godfather)

The Baptism Murders scene in The Godfather is a remarkable montage in which the juxtaposed shots convey a lot of information in a very short amount of time.  The scene uses parallel editing to show Michael Corleone being baptized in a church, while the men that work for him are assassinating the heads of the 5 families. The shots are interwoven together to indicate that both scenes are taking place…

September 24, 2019
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Intellectual Montage in The Godfather

(rated R) Intellectual Montage emphasizes the consideration of ideas. It may be presented as an alternate look of something that is happening. Viewers may watch an intellectual montage and apply its message to their own lives. In The Godfather, intellectual montage is used to contrast a calm positive event with one of great intensity and tragedy. Corleone is witnessing the baptism of his son in a church and clearly states…

September 23, 2019
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Time Frames

Building blocks of cinematic storytelling: Framing (moving camera), Continuity Editing, Montage and Mise-en-scène Framing: distance from subject, angle, diagonal lines, foreground-middleground-background, depth, light/shadow, focus/unfocus, focal length, depth of field, rule of thirds, moving frame, duration Continuity Editing: extended cinematic space – screen movement + narrative momentum + viewer imagination – the motivated shot, screen direction, 180 degree rule, 30 degree rule, match on action, graphic match, eyeline match, POV Montage: juxtaposition…

May 17, 2016
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Montage

Soviet Montage Kuleshov Effect Dziga Vertov– Man with a Movie Camera In this sequence of Man with a Movie Camera, the impression of  busy city life is conveyed through fast montage of varying discontinuous shots. Five Methods of Montage Sergei Eisenstein‘s methods of montage 1. Metric  where the editing follows a specific number of frames (based purely on the physical nature of time), cutting to the next shot no matter what is…

May 9, 2016
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