Cinema began as a novelty – projecting dancing shadows on a screen of simple every day scenes. But through the contributions of talented artists, a new cinematic language of editing emerged. Trace the development of editing from The Lumiere Brothers through Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, and D.W Griffith.

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We are currently retooling our course software and we’ll have a quiz and complete lesson with this course shortly. Keep an eye out next week for the continuation of this lesson with a lesson on the Soviet Theory of Montage.

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    Rob Price Kinetoscope

    where is the quiz on this video as well as the continuity editing video??? I teach an editing class in college and showed them this clip…would like to give them the quiz as well…can’t find

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    jeff mc core Kinetoscope

    PLEASE AND PLEASE, I NEED YOUR HELP.
    I AM AN UPCOMING MOVIE DIRECTOR AND EDITOR FROM NIGERIA. I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON A MOVIE AND I NEED TO ACHIEVE AN ANGEL WITH WINGS. I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE. PLEASE WOULD YOU TELL ME WHAT TO DO TO ACHIEVE IT? PLEASE, HOW CAN I ACHIEVE IT?

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    Glen Zoopraxiscope

    As a historian I’m constantly amazed at the parallels that exist between the study of film and the study of history. I’ve used film and film history numerous times in my work to illustrate various ideas and principles. In relation to this video I see the analogy between editing and the concept concerning the construction of the narrative in historical writing. In both ideas and images are deliberately chosen to make the narrative. However I’m reminded of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida and his concept of “deconstruction”, in which he would discuss the unnatural aspects or artificiality of the situation. In this case both film editing and the construction of the narrative in historical writing involve making deliberate choices to advance an idea. There is a documentary about Derrida on YouTube that explains in his words far better than I can!
    http://youtu.be/CtcpwJCC6Co

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