Fast Cuts

Fast Cuts is a film editing technique which refers to several consecutive shots of a brief duration (e.g. 3 seconds or less). It can be used to convey a lot of information very quickly, or to imply either energy or chaos. Fast cutting is also frequently used when shooting dialogue between two or more characters, changing the viewer’s perspective to either focus on the reaction of another character’s dialog, or to bring to attention the non-verbal actions of the speaking character.

We looked a lot into the use of these fast cuts last year- especially in the work of Edgar Wright.

However, it is pinocle that these fast cuts actually make sense- following camera movement in a way that visually is readable. The video below shows that this isn’t always the case, with the extreme cuts used the in the films featured. Mad Max is the only film, that if played backwards,

Analysis of the Psycho shower scene. (YouTube,2016).

I found this breakdown of Physcho really useful, not just for the analysis of the cuts, but also the music. It points out the lack of music until the attacker makes himself known, which is interesting as it gives the feeling of unease and gets the viewer to question what is going on.

The cuts themselves also vary in tempo to emphasis the sense of violence and suspense. At the start, they are slow, setting up the action of the character getting into the shower. They then become increasingly quicker and vigorous while the Norman (spoilers) is stabbing her. They then slow down again as she falls from the shower, ultimately dead.

I think this is something that will be definitely be used in our own animation- to give the feel of the build up and suspense in the increasing amount of objects going mad and the alien activities occurring.



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