Last night I used iMovie for the first time trying to cut the scenes I wanted together to make my point in my previous post? And just messing around with the software really gives you an insight into how things are made. I mean in class, you read about editing concepts like intercutting, shot/reverse shot dialogue sequences, movement matching but they’re really sort of just things you know intellectually?
Messing around with the software last night trying to isolate the sequences where Edward pulls off his ripped jacket, I really started to see how cuts are matched together. I was really surprised that when I took out all the close-up reaction shots of Rose gasping or Father Cornello smirking, all the shots of Edward’s movements, arm, cloak, the setting/background and mise en scene just sort of fell into place fairly seamlessly with all the right movement matches and everything aligning themselves.
It really makes you pause and think about how films are made (because as we all already know, animation tries really hard to look like film when really it’s a boundless and limitless medium and genre all by itself), the out of sync way in which a film is filmed before it is intercut together in the editing room.
Gives you insight into the actor’s psyche in terms of how scenes against the same background, in the same location all have to be shot together in order to be cost effective/efficient? And suddenly film feels like such a miracle because from something that is made in such a piecemeal fashion a consistent whole is supposed to emerge out of it. Maybe I’m romanticizing it a bit much? Laying it on a bit thick? Sorry, not sorry.
Being able to see animation frame by frame also gives you a renewed sense of awe for the amount of effort and detail animators have to put into animating a single continuous sequence (i.e. the ripping of the jacket).
And then when you start to put together sections of the clips that you’ve isolated, like I said above, you start wondering if it flows right and you start becoming concerned with how the scenes match up and align themselves. And then there’s sound to contend with? Because I hacked up the sequence real good and proper to get what I wanted out of the episode the sound file was all over the place. I just removed it altogether. It was a really unique experience. I recommend you try it at least once if you’re a cinema studies major just so you get to see and feel things from the other side 😉