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One of the most powerful discoveries in the early days of editing became known as The Kuleshov Effect: the same piece of footage means different things depending on the shots that surround it. It is a mental phenomenon by which the audience derives more meaning from the interaction of two sequential shots than from a single shot in isolation. One hundred years later, Sven Pape of This Guy Edits puts this venerable axiom to the test. Does this fundamental principle of modern editing still hold up? Prepare to be amazed.



The Kuleshov Effect is a film editing (montage) effect demonstrated by Russian/Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in the 1910s and 1920s. It is a mental phenomenon by which the audience derives more meaning from the interaction of two sequential shots than from a single shot in isolation.





The original footage from Kuleshov's experiment supposedly has gone missing, but there have been numerous replicas including one by Alfred Hitchcock.

Russian filmmaker Podovkin (1893-1953) went so far as to say that the emotional content of a scene comes more from proper editing technique than it does from the performance of the actor. You may not know Podovkin, but Stanley Kubrick points to him as his prime influence for technique.






THIS GUY EDITS is by film editor Sven Pape, an A.C.E. award nominee, whose credits include work for directors James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco.

In this series, you can follow along as Sven cuts his latest film for Sundance filmmaker Mark Webber. Flesh & Blood is their third collaboration.

Several times a week THIS GUY EDITS (T.G.E.) will post update videos at his YouTube channel, This Guy Edits. You get to see the timeline and the editor's play-by-play-commentary as he cuts scenes. It shows work in progress.

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Re: Editing: The Kuleshov Effect Put to the Test
by Larry DeGala
Sum more powerful than its parts. Solid demonstration.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4425233/


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