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The Fastest Cut: Furious Film Editing

On 14, Jan 2016 | One Comment | In Average Shot Length, Cinematography, Editing | By vashi

 

 

The Fastest Cut

 

 

The average film has around 1250 individual shots. Action films and Blockbusters often have more than 3000 individual shots. This can be attributed to the ongoing trend of Chaos Cinema and the tendency to create false pace and momentum by simply cutting so frequently that it constantly bombards the viewer with new shots and information. This can become overwhelming and it creates a disconnected and jumbled viewing experience that assaults the audience. The frenetic pace exists but the audience can become exhausted as the eye and brain try to make sense of the imagery.

 

6 extremely quick cut films

6 extremely quick cut films

 

My most popular post of 2015 was MAD MAX: CENTER FRAMED which explained the cinematography and editing techniques used in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Even though it had roughly 3000 individual shots, the action and story is comprehensible and digestible while still viscerally effective. Fast editing and ASLs (Average Shot Length) of around 2 seconds does not have to be a visual debris tornado that hammers the viewer. Properly planned shots and diligent editing can result in an energetic AND quickly paced film that tells a coherent story.

 

 

The AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH (ASL) in seconds

The AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH (ASL) in seconds

 

To make this point even more evident…I have compiled 5 films that average 2 seconds per shot and average 3000 shots per film. They are being played back in their entirety at 12X speed. The resulting video is 10 minutes long. Only one of these films remains comprehensible at this speed. You don’t have to watch the whole video…feel free to scroll through and view different sections and compare the films. You will see that the painstaking craftsmanship of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD survives the massive speed up.

Enjoy the video:

 

 

This bird’s eye view at high speed is something I often use as an editor to help judge the pacing and visual variety of my own work. By pushing the boundary of human information intake, it helps me spot trends, patterns and gives me an overall feeling of the visual mosaic I am creating at that moment. By speeding up the footage I can literally see WHERE┬áin the frame the energy and emphasis exists and I use that information to my advantage.

 

Congratulations to editor Margaret Sixel on her 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing!

 

Until next time…

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ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Average Shot Length

On 08, Aug 2014 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length | By vashi

Average Shot Length from 7 Hitchcock films

Surprisingly similar during these 20 years

 

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Vashi Nedomansky

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Music Video Editing Stats

On 18, Nov 2013 | 2 Comments | In Average Shot Length, One Sheets | By vashi

Average Shot Length of 8 music videos

Average Shot Length of 8 music videos

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Film Editing Facts #6

On 06, Sep 2013 | 5 Comments | In Average Shot Length, One Sheets | By vashi

Average shot length for 7 famous films

7 effective and very differently paced films.

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7 European Directors’ Average Shot Length

On 03, Aug 2013 | One Comment | In Average Shot Length, One Sheets | By vashi

Bela Tarr’s film The Turin Horse (2011) has an ASL of 229 seconds

The average shot length is calculated from all films by each of the first 6 directors.


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Hitchcock versus Harlin: Shot by Shot

On 28, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length, One Sheets | By vashi

Hitchcock liked it wide and voyeruistic compared to Harlin’s tight and visceral style.

VERTIGO (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
DEEP BLUE SEA (1999) directed by Renny Harlin


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8 Steven Soderbergh Films (ASL)

On 10, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length, One Sheets | By vashi

Average Shot Length

Wide range of edit pacing to Soderbergh films


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