How the very first filmmakers used editing

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How the very first filmmakers used editing (in camera editing)

2. Before the widespread use of non-linear editing systems, the initial editing of all films was done with a positive copy of the film negative called a film work print (cutting copy in UK) by physically cutting and pasting together pieces of film, using a splicer and threading the film on a machine

From the 1930s to the 1950s, montage sequences often combined numerous short shots with special optical effects (fades, dissolves, split screens, double and triple exposures) dance and music. They were usually assembled by someone other than the director or the editor of the movie.

The Great Train Robbery is a perfect example of editing. For example, they consistently used long shots, as the camera was heavy. The film used a number of innovative techniquesincludingcross cutting,double exposure composite editing, and camera movement andon location shooting. Cross-cuts were a new, sophisticated editing technique.

Films that are produced now are easy to edit because of technology. There are a series of editing that are being used such as continuity, match on action, shot reverse shot, 180 rule etc. As the cameras are not heavy, there are less long shots being used and more of other shots such as establishing shot, close up shot and medium shot. This shows how editing has developed over the years.