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In Average Shot Length

By vashi

Revealing Every Single Shot in “Gone Girl” & “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in 1 Image

On 07, Aug 2017 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length | By vashi

 

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AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

Analyzing the average shot length (ASL) of films / TV / music videos can be very telling or completely irrelevant. Taken as its own metric…it is just a number. The supposition that action / thriller / sci-fi films genres have a shorter ASL is statistically accurate but that does not mean a longer ASL means less tension, action, drama or intensity. I have been deep-diving into ASL statistics for several years and shared a lot of SHAREABLES to help filmmakers and cinephiles further comprehend the mystery behind the numbers.

 

Average Shot Length of famous directos

 

David Fincher is a precise and peerless filmmaker that accepts nothing short of perfection. On the spectrum of ASL as attributed to directors…he falls on the quicker end. Fincher’s average ASL for feature films can be calculated at 3.87 seconds. No matter what the number and how it compares with other filmmakers…his films never feel rushed. In my opinion, they bloom and play out at a sublime pace that suits each individual film. The amount of craft and care that goes on behind the scenes (and never seen by the audience) is second to none. I’ve been lucky to see the process first hand and helped create the post production workflow for GONE GIRL as his team made the transition to Adobe Premiere Pro from Final Cut 7.

Stephen Follows has an amazing article that further breaks down ASL by genre and number of shots to further delve into the analytics. Here’s a sneak peak at the ASL Genre Breakdown but please visit his site for the full story.

 

Stephen Follows ASL

 

THE FINCHER NUMBERS

Back to David Fincher, it’s important to note that his films I’ve documented have a higher number of average shots than most films. Combining all genres the average feature film has approximately 1200 individual shots. By importing a full-length feature film into Davinci Resolve and using the Scene Detection function…I have been able to automatically recreate all the separate edits in an entire film. I then removed any edits that were created in dissolves or scenes with flashes that would add false edits to the final count. Here are my results.

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – 3.2 AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

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GONE GIRL – 3.7 AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

GONE GIRL ASL

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Until next time…

 

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David Fincher – PANIC ROOM 1-Page Film School

On 04, Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | In 1-Page Film School, Production | By vashi

With the release of GONE GIRL this weekend, many filmmakers and film fans want to learn more about David Fincher and his filmmaking style. His precision, artistry and impeccable style of storytelling is the result of decades of fine-tuning the filmmaking craft. He started his career at Industrial LIght and Magic (ILM) in 1983 and worked on Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Enjoy my 1-Page Film School on PANIC ROOM.

Title image from PANIC ROOM

The floating title sequence of PANIC ROOM (2002)

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