Technique/How to Process a Scene
For Class #1
||T.A.: Beth Moody
| Office: 310-821-2792
E-Mail: nhollyn [at] cinema.usc.edu
|E-Mail: elizabethmoody [at]
Though the following process varies in its specifics from film to film, it
is in general how I approach the analysis of a scene within the context of a
- EDITORIAL TECHNIQUE/ How To Process
- Analysis of the Scripted Scene (with director,
- Discover high points (action/character)
- Discover arcs and transitions (action/character)
- Discover intent (text/subtext)
- Analysis of Footage
- How well does footage fulfill the scripted
- How is it different?
- Do you adjust your analysis or the footage?
- Are differences situational?
- How to re-cut
- How does it work with the previous and next scenes?
- Rule Of Threes
- Kuleshov Test
- Begin Editing
- What set-ups do you want to be on at
the high points and transitional moments?
- Which takes of these set-ups do you want at these moments?
- Which performances (action/character) must be used and where?
- Straight cuts vs. L-cuts
- Screening and Analysis
- How well does the scene fulfill yours
and the director's intentions?
- Where are its successful moments? Its unsuccessful moments?
- Is the flow clear? If not, where/why?
- Which problems are solvable? Which need to have the intentions/analysis
- Which lines of dialog or beats of action are not necessary or
harmful to the intent of the scene?
- How does the scene fit within its surrounding scenes? Can it
- Re-Editing, Re-Screening, Re-Analysis
- Sharpen edits, performances, action.
- The usage of opticals to explain, solve problems, accent.
- As one problemis solved, others are revealed.
- Never consider a scene, a sequence, etc. done.
- Lock Picture and Move into Sound Editing/Music
- Films are never finished, they are just
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