A New Video Literacy: Editing in Transition

By Ross Burnet.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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Classical narrative film editing is changing. Apparent jump cuts, reversing screen direction, and cutting during moving shots are contraventions of traditional film-continuity practice that break seamlessness and draw attention to film structure, potentially plucking audiences out of their suspension of disbelief. These edits signal a transition in accepted devices. Audience acceptance of broken rules might mean there is less need for orienting supports, that audiences have surpassed the need for the rules. As audience cognizance of filmmaking procedures increases, the viewing experience transitions from that of narrative story to narrative story with implicit critique of editing prowess. For film students, the task is not just whether an edit works in context, but the degree to which it draws attention to itself and whether that confuses the viewer or furthers the film narrative.

Keywords: Editing, Video, Film, Narrative, Image Theory, Teaching and Learning, Postmodern, Meaning, Jump Cuts, Screen Direction, Moving, Shots

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.33-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 410.502KB).

Ross Burnet

Yukon Territory, Canada

Ross Burnet: A filmmaker with over 25 years in northern Canada, Ross has a research interest in image theory, film meaning, and adult education in film. He instructs video and audio editing to adults. He is an arts administrator with the Government of the Yukon Territory. Ross has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television from Ryerson University and a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. His thesis tied transformative learning to the creative process: Applying Critical Reflection with Adult Film-makers To Foster Transformative Learning Aspects of Moving Picture Production.