Editing

For this weeks blog post I chose a scene from one of my absolute favorite childhood movies: The Parent Trap (1998). I limited myself to about the first minute and fifty seconds because it is chalk full of editing. The latter half of this clip is just as spectacular with a significant amount of editing as well, but I will only discuss the first. It appears that this clip begins with a wipe, as the camera travels across the screen in a line while creating a separation between shots. This technique was used primarily in films pre 1960 because they did not have the plethora of technology we have today. Even though The Parent Trap is a 1998 film, the wipe works perfectly at the beginning of this clip. As the girls begin to reminisce about their parents, the viewers gain a sense of where they are, what time of day it is, and are able to see exactly whom they are talking about. Immediately after the picture of their parents is shown, we see a black screen– that should be referred to as a fade– followed by an image of the girls laying in bed talking. It is evident that several cuts are made while the girls are talking, creating a direct change from one shot to the next. A spatial relationship between shots is created via spatial manipulation and intraframe editing.  The spatial manipulation utilizes Kuleshov’s effect. The shots are cut in a way that forces the viewer to create a spatial whole themselves. When considering that the two actresses on the screen are the same person, one would assume intraframe editing aided in producing this scene. The rhythmic relations between cuts play a significant role. It starts out with long shots, extending the length of the frame. Once they begin talking about their scheming to switch places, the shots get shorter. This accelerates the clip, creating a feeling of urgency and excitement in the spectator.

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One thought on “Editing

  1. I can remember watching this movie as a little kid in awe at how a director can duplicate Lyndsey Lohan on screen, and even today it is subtly amazing. In the later first half of the scene, it is very interesting to me that all the director does to show that there is a change of character talking is basically switch Lohan to the other side of the room, but it still works so well. In reality she is having a conversation with herself, or maybe to a red-headed mannequin, but a simple slide of camera gives the impression that there are two people in the room. Also, the swipe does do a very good job of introducing the setting of the scene, and the picture on the wall is a perfect mood setter to the fact that they are reminiscing on their parents marriage. Also, the dim lighting gives the scene a very intimate feel, as well as the two children laying down face to face.

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