April 12, 2017 at 8:13AM
Is it possible to hold attention with slow paced editing?
It might not sound unfamiliar that the attention span of generation Y is short and they get bored easily. This influenced editing techniques over the last decades resulting in the MTV editing technique as we know it today.
It is rather striking that generation Y sees plenty of videos on the Internet edited according to MTV editing style, yet film critics describe MTV editing as ‘hysterical blenderization of visuals’, ‘meaningless switches between visuals’ and superficial. Still, it is the most dominant trend with regards to video editing to this day.
As the opposite to fast paced editing technique several great directors like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino have successfully experimented with long editing cuts resulting in long scenes. Watching a film by Wes Anderson without sound could be interesting to me, because the story is told in the shots.
Now I am wondering how you guys perceive this. Do you think for example an extreme sports video can be edited very slow paced and still keep the viewers attention. What would be the factors to do so? I would like to experiment with editing techniques for a school project and eventually come up with something that enables editors to make shots last longer so you can show more in one shot than just 2 seconds.
Curious for your thoughts!