Critically Analyse how Editing Practice is used in a specific Genre

Individually, conduct a brief analysis (500 Words approx.) of a genre of your choice highlighting what editing techniques are typically used and to what affect? 

There are many different types of genres in film, and multiple ways to edit each and every genre. All genres have their own various methods used when editing to emphasis the overall mood of the film. I will be looking at the many editing techniques in the thriller genre.

Thrillers usually and continuously follow a single desired target for the entire film, such as planning to steal money from armored cars or rescuing an innocent prisoner from being executed. Thrillers always build up tension and make the viewer expect something to come. They definitely stimulate suspense as the plot quickly escalates approaching the climax, and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the most part of the entire film. Basically giving the viewer thrills, thus creating the word thriller.

There are many different crossbreeds of thrillers, added with action, adventure, mystery, or another genre. I believe that horror is the most closely related to thrillers; thereby this is the most common used crossbreed by filmmakers and editors. There are various editing techniques that an editor can use when creating a thriller movie. Thrillers often always have a few chase scenes. This is usually when the most excitement occurs. The use of quick cuts gives the audience the fast pace of the scene. The selection of music and sound effects can also determine the pace of the scene. The music can make or break each and every scene. Thrillers have very dramatic music that effectively builds up tension, which engages the audience and grabs their attention.

Parallel editing is frequently used to show many different viewpoints and scenes. It keeps the audience entertained and switches it up a bit to keep them on their toes. Because films are a story being told to the viewers, what many thrillers will do is present the audience with information of a lurking danger unknown to the characters. An example of this danger is cutting to the blade of a knife coming from behind an unsuspecting victim. This is a common technique to escalate and intensify tension and suspense.

The use of connotation or symbolism is applied quite frequently  in almost all of film. For example in thrillers showing a group of black crows in a scene can suggest death or murder, thus comes the expression a murder of crows. The audience likes to find hidden meaning or messages behind the story rather than just being told. Just like dialogue doesn’t mean a thing in film, because it can be edited in a way that most of the dialogue can be left out and that will show the audience rather than telling them. This technique is very effective because then the viewer is thinking about the scene and creating their own ideas about the hidden meaning, rather then just being told and continuing on.

Editing has a major influence over film and each of its genres. Cunning editing can turn amateurish movies into impressive mind blowing ones that will make the audience come back for more.

“The editing in film often goes unnoticed. However, if one does not notice the editing, then it is doing its job. The editor works on the subconscious of the viewer, and controls the story, the music, the rhythm, the pace, shapes the actors’ performances, ‘re-directing’ and often re-writing the film during the editing process, honing the infinite possibilities of the juxtaposition of small snippets of film into a creative, coherent, cohesive whole.”- Walter Murch

Criteria: 1.3