Search on YouTube for a Montage sequence the demonstrates one of Eisenstein’s methods of montage. Paste the video into a post and describe how the techniques in the sequence fit one or more of the methods and how you think the sequence works on the viewer’s emotional understanding.
This scene (beginning at 0:45) displays a good example of tonal montage, more specifically a “graphic montage.” In Einstein’s “Method of Montage,” he gives the example of the fog sequence in “Potemkin.” In “Potemkin,” the visual feeling of the different shots connect them through montage. In “The Lion King,” the imagery of clouds and dust help to build tension within the scene. Graphic tonal montage is displayed through the rhythm in imagery. In the beginning of the sequence, there is dust which shows the conflict in the scene. This is broken up with the blue skies and white clouds. The white clouds still add to the tonal montage, however they
Provide contrast between the area which things are going wrong and where the characters are that do not know the things which are going wrong yet. Through the sequence there is a build in dusty imagery. As the tension and conflict builds, there is more and more dust imagery. As Mufasa is falling off of the cliff, the dusty imagery is at its peak. In “Method of Montage,” Einstein describes that tonal montage can lead to a higher significance within editing. In this movie, tonal montage helps to build a mood and tension throughout the sequence. It notifies the viewer that something is going wrong, but promotes cohesion throughout the shots. This sequence also follows rhythmic montage, which is the length of shots based on the movement of characters or objects in the sequence. Through the sequence, the camera follows the movement of the stampede, Mufasa, and Simba. Rhythmic montage helps the flow of movement seem natural yet disorienting at the same time.