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Contrasting styles of editing

May 20, 2013

Cinema is full of various styles of editing such as a ‘wipe’, ‘dissolve’, ‘split screen’, ‘fade’ (fade to black or white), ‘jump cuts’, using image elements, and ‘closing iris’. Each of these edits has their own purpose and use in a film which contributes to the final composition. For example, certain genres of films will use a certain edit to match the motif or mood of the film. Drama or thriller films will opt to use jump cuts during tension high moments whereas a romantic film may opt to use a dissolve or fade.

Jump cuts are used more frequently in contemporary film compared to many of the other types of editing techniques, for example, split screen. However, jump cuts and split screens can be used to symbolise the same thing such as tension. For instance, split screens are used in the film ‘Kill Bill’ as a way to increase tension between the protagonist and one of the antagonists. Jump cuts can achieve this as well as seen in many thriller/horror films where there are quick shots between the antagonist approaching the room where the protagonist is hiding and the protagonist themself.

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