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Old September 19th, 2011, 12:58 PM   #31
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Re: Cuts vs. Dissolves

When my son dances (he's 18) his style is built around the jump.

When my wife and I dance, typically we waltz.

As he evolves he watches us and sometimes, just for fun, he glides like we do.

And when we're having fun goofing around with him, we bounce just like him.

The point is sometimes good editing bounces. And sometimes good editing glides.

It's up to the editor to know the difference. If you're okay working in an environment where someone is allowed to tell you that they prefer that everyone bounce, or glide for that matter, as much as possible - you can see that as their STUDIO STYLE and go with it. Or you can decide that you aren't comfortable doing the same style of dancing over and over and over again and find ways to bounce on your own time.

This is the essence of life.

Choices that appear simple at first, but become more complex when you give them more consideration or learn to see them differently over time.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 03:53 PM   #32
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I've in the middle of watching the recovered version of Metropolis, recently shown on TCM.

For those of you who aren't aware, the lost footage from Metropolis was recently discovered in Argentina. The 35mm nitrate original had been scanned onto 16mm and destroyed for safety reasons decades before. They didn't realize that this was the only copy of that lost footage at the time. They had never screened the cut down versions in Argentina.

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Back then. dissolves weren't just for transitions. They were the basis of special effects. And many of the sequences are symbolic. Today's high budget films are shallow-minded by comparison.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 09:08 AM   #33
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I use both, primarily hard cuts based on my project but there is always a time and place for a dissolve.
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