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How To Edit
Lucy Harris
How to Edit

If you are not working with a narrative structure, considered and playful juxtapositions can also create the structure of the film. In a sense, creating meaningful juxtapositions is the basis of all editing, and is known as montage.

In terms of the Avant-garde and artists films, ‘montage’ introduces the idea that meaning can be created from juxtaposing distinct images and sounds.
Therefore, where there is no pre-existing narrative, it is possible to ‘discover’ the structure and intention of the film through the editing process.

If one considers ‘narrative’ beyond a linear literary sense – more like the ‘vertical’ layered narrative of a poem, then film structure starts to include ideas of rhythm, pace, themes and metaphors. For example, the films of Maya Deren, Margaret Tait and Sarah Pucill have strong visual poetic metaphorical structures, or structuralist films primarily having a rhythmic structure.

This approach also opens up the idea that your edit may be constructed with a physically ‘vertical’ structure/sense as well as a linear one. Through superimposition, multiple meanings are created by exploring the layered images and making connections between them. For example in Annabel Nicolson’s film “Slides’’.

Viewing or listening to footage as distinct sections can also help reveal connections and threads that may be hidden when viewed alongside other shots.
So it can be useful to make a sequence with your selected “sections” of footage, noting the possible relationships between different shots and sounds. This can reveal common threads and possible outlines for the film, which can ‘guide’ the edit. In “ Side Ways” my initial cuts made it clear that the overall rhythm of the film was too similar, and that actually I needed to reshoot some slower sections.

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