Editing and Transitions Research

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Editing and Transitions Research :

Editing and Transitions Research Jodie Goodacre

Editing and Transitions within Trailers – Why is it Important?:

Editing and Transitions within Trailers – Why is it Important? Throughout cinematic history, both the aspects of editing and transitions have been incorporated into films, as well as trailers. Individually, they are an important aspect to the creation of trailers as they allow the producers to perfect their work. From shortening sequences to using CGI, editing makes the trailers more enjoyable and appealing for the audience.

Fast Paced Sequences :

Fast Paced Sequences Inspiration for our Production: This fast paced montage could be used in our own trailer, as the fast paced cuts and sequences would provoke the audience to feel various emotions , including excitement and possibly empathy if needed, which would consequently make them more likely to want to see the film. Through editing, these sequences could be created by using Premiere Pro , which would allow us to shorten our filmed sequences to a specific time, so we could therefore place the sequences together. Also, we could shorten these specific sequences gradually, meaning that as the montage goes on, the shots will get shorter. This will overall create an intense atmosphere , presenting our film to be exciting and interesting . Fast Paced Sequence – “Exam” Many producers within their trailers incorporate a fast paced sequence , usually concluding the trailer, in order to build tension and attract their audience to their film. An example of this is the last sequence in the trailer of “ Exam ”. To conclude the trailer, the producers decided to incorporate a fast paced sequence, which included various scenes and shots from different sections of the film. This use of editing can be viewed as rather effective , as it leaves the audience with an intense and upbeat sequence . Therefore, leaving the audience with the desire to watch more of the production and attracting them to the full film. A fast paced sequence or montage usually incorporates various shots and sequences from different scenes in the film. These individual shots are commonly the most emotional and interesting pieces, which floods the audience with various emotions .

Fade Effect:

Fade Effect Inspiration for our Production: We could create this effect by using Premiere Pro on the Mack , or we could use After Effects to create a similar effect. However, to add individuality to our trailer, we will instead make the people around the protagonist fade out of the sequences, and so make the time traveller stay continuous . This will therefore allow the audience to keep their attention on the protagonist as he goes through this abnormal situation . We will create this effect by using editing to cut together two sequences of the protagonist and the characters. One sequence will involve the protagonist and the other characters, and the next will be just the protagonist. We will then put the two together to then make it look as if the other characters are disappearing, leaving our protagonist, showing his strange ability . Fade Effect – “The Time Traveler’s Wife” Another example of editing used in some trailers is fading character or props in an out of frame. This is seen in the trailer of “ The Time Traveller's Wife ”. Editing is used here to make the protagonist fade in and out of the shot in order to present him to have a significant ability , which is to travel back in time . This postmodern theme links highly to our own trailer as we will be including the element of time travel . In order to show the character’s ability of time travel, editing could be used to make the character fade from the sequence, as shown in “The Time Traveller's Wife”.

Slow Motion:

Slow Motion Inspiration for our Production: We could use this slow motion effect within our trailer. We could incorporate this on a sequence of which we want the audience to focus on . This could include an important sequence which adds to the plot development . Therefore, within our own production, we could add a slow motion effect on the sequence which shows Timothy’s flashback . This flashback consists of the younger version of his sister Susan as she is playing in a park. This sequence is after Susan’s death. We wanted the audience to empathise with Timothy due to how he has lost his sister. Thus, by adding a slow motion effect to this sequence, we will therefore cause the audience to fully focus on Susan in her childhood, and how happy she was in this situation, contrasting to her death and the negativity surrounding Timothy presently. Slow Motion – “Sherlock Holmes” Additionally, slow motion is a common component incorporated into popular film trailers. This particular aspect creates intense sequences , as it forces the audience to fully focus on a particular shot, and It can also build tension . Slow motion is used in the trailer for “ Sherlock Holmes ”. When the protagonist is fighting another man, the shot has been edited to make the sequence of a slower pace . This use of editing is effective as it allows the audience to focus fully on the protagonist, and therefore his high power over the other man. The slow motion effect combined with the voice over overall presents the protagonist to be superior and powerful , due to how he processes each next move verbally and goes through with the actions smoothly.

Contrast and Saturation Editing :

Contrast and Saturation Editing Inspiration for our Production: This use of editing is rather effective , and so we will be sure to include this use of altering saturation and contrast within our trailer. We could create various sequences to be slightly darker in tone , to portray the negativity within the sequence, as well as making numerous sequences of a brighter lighting , in order to create positive atmospheres , clearly distinguishing the two differences for the audience. Contrast and Saturation Editing – “The Lovely Bones” This aspect of editing allows the producers to alter the lighting of their sequences to create different tones and atmospheres . This editing of lighting is used numerous times within the trailer for “The Lovely Bones”. For example, the producers slightly altered the lighting within the sequence of which Susie was about to be murdered. Here, the lighting has been altered to be of a lower key and darker . This was done as it creates negative connotations , emphasising the negativity of her death. Although, the next sequence has been edited to be of higher key lighting, making the shots brighter . This was done as the brighter shots have connotations with positivity , conveying how she is happier now and is in a more positive location.

Cut Transitions :

Cut Transitions Inspiration for our Production: Within our own trailer, we could include cut transitions within certain sequences to create intense atmospheres . For example, sequences which include a high amount of tension , such as plot developing shots, could be edited to have cut transitions. This will therefore make this section appear to be more intense and full of tension , as it is of a faster speed . These cut transitions could also be used to conclude the trailer. The montage would include cut transitions as this would make the shots more intense and exciting , as well as making a negative atmosphere. Cut Transitions – “Edge of Tomorrow”: Many producers include examples of cut transitions within their trailers. These cut transitions are used as they create tension within the sequences. These cut transitions make the sequences flow smoothly and at a fast pace . An example of these cut transitions are used in the trailer for the film “Edge of Tomorrow ”. These cut transitions are used when showing an action filled sequence, including the protagonist falling out an exploding plane to fight on a battlefield. The producers wanted to clearly display this excitement and thrill through the editing for the audience. Therefore, they decided to add these cut transitions as they made the sequence fast in speed , portraying the fear or the main character.

Flashing Transitions :

Flashing Transitions Inspiration for our Production: I liked this use of the transition as it created tension and added an element of excitement to the trailer. We could therefore add this transition to our trailer to create a negative atmosphere and to emphasise particular eerie moods. In addition to this, we could incorporate various other flash transitions in our trailer. This could include a slower paced fade to create a more relaxed or emotional connotation . Fade to White Transitions – “Lucy”: There is a large amount of variety with the transitions within many trailers, including the flashing transitions . An example of this is included within the trailer of “ Lucy ”. Here, the producers used these flash to white transitions in intense sequences . These sudden white transitions build tension within the trailer, making the overall trailer exciting for the audience, as well as conveying the element of action within the film. The connotations of the colour white are innocence and positivity . However, this contrasts to the sequences, which include shots of the main character appearing weak and inferior to her capturers. This antithesis creates depth and adds an element of action and intensity to the sequences.

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