They say it’s in the editing room where the movie/film finally starts to take form, before that it’s just random frames being captured. Putting together the sequence of the movie and creating them in new angles, deciding what to keep and concise the movie into a 2 hours, is editing. It takes up 70% of the effort put into the making of a film/movie. It has a lot of techniques such as
- Cutting on action
- Cutting in cross frame
- Cutting to empty frame and letting subject come in
- Cutting to secondary action followed by tilting to maine subject
- Cutting on an emphatic part of dialogue
- Sound and music
Editing can create an illusion of any emotion or action they want the audience to feel or see. It’s like creating magic. To make people perceive something that isn’t actually there. For instance, in a thriller movie like psycho, the killing isn’t actually happening but the scene cuts are as such that they make us belive that the killer actually stabbed the victim in the shower. Then there is POV (point of view) A POV shot is an opposite slice that relates to where a character is looking or what he or she is seeing. A POV is an exceptionally energetic cut; a character sees something and the gathering of people needs to see it, as well. POVs are frequently encircled by an object, for example, a window, weapon sight, mirror or a couple of binoculars.
One of the recent movies that had impeccable editing was Bajirao Masatni , directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and edited by Rajesh Pandey. It created an ancient era and great story telling. The smooth cuts that this film had of close ups and the war scenes were done with great perfection. Creating an illusion of actual war ground and the palaces they inherited made the audience believe that they were true. The hallucinations of horses running on water in the end of the movie were done with great perfection they seemed almost real. The music in the background which builds up the tension and curiosity was inserted at apt moments and so was the lighting and weather change. The whole movie had played with particular colours at particular scenes which created a particular mood in the theatre.
The reason why Bajirao Mastani was such a heavy film was because all it’s elements where placed with such ease and the impact they had in each scene was tremendous.
By – Akanksha Bhatia