May 25, 2015 at 10:53AM

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Film Editing after Digital Revolution

Hi everyone!
I'm writting my Master thesis about "Film Editing in Post digital world".
I wpoul appreciate your answers on these questions:
1. How do you think digital editing is influencing or changing the form and the rules of film editing as we have known it?
2. Could you suggest some films to watch, where there are some new editing techniques or trends.

I would appreciate your input and help.


I think the main difference that's happened over the past 10 years is digital compositing with 2D and 3D graphics, where "reality" is created on the computer and you are never going to be sure what is real and what has been digitally created. Here are two examples to take a look at...

VFX Breakdown for "Ugly Betty"

I always assumed that the outdoor shots in the old TV series "Ugly Betty" were actually shot on real New York city streets, that is until watched this VFX breakdown of a couple of daytime and nighttime outdoor shots from the show. I was amazed that the compositors are incorporating DOF ( depth-of-field ) mattes to accurately simulate shallow depth-of-field in the finished image to complete the illusion of actually shooting on location.

"Kung Fury" : Indie 80's Action Film from Sweden

If you watch the KickStarter video for "Kung Fury" you will see the tiny little green-screen studio they used to create most of the character shots for this film. Again, I find this is kind of mind blowing when you see the finished composited results that were built in Adobe After-Effects, which would have been financially impossible ( and maybe technically impossible ) before this low cost digital technology came along.

There are also several motion-picture "film-stock" simulators ( like FilmConvert ) that allow us to "dial-in" the film-stock color-space and the "film grain" look for our digital videos, so you can start with a completely clean video image and quickly convert it to a close simulation of what real film-stock looks like.

In terms of straight ahead editing techniques, not a huge amount has changed, other than being able to quickly duplicate or share digital footage, and never having to worry about dust contaminating anything. ( with the exception of a dusty camera sensor )

May 25, 2015 at 1:37PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thank you very much for your answer.

May 27, 2015 at 2:42AM


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