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Q&A with Author Luís Fernando Morales Morante

Luís Fernando Morales Morante, author of Editing and Montage in International Film and Video, shares some insight into his new book.

Editing and Montage in International Film and VideoWhy did Editing and Montage in International Film and Video need to be written?

This book, unlike others, presents a transdisciplinary approach to film and video editing. Most books in this subject are theoretical, practical or technological. I had been worried about offering a job that can be useful for different users: film and media students who want to know the basics of editing. Also for those who already look for a more advanced knowledge that connects to the edition with the construction of complex meanings. The analysis of practical cases complements the main ideas of this creative activity. Also included is a very novel chapter which explains how to design experiments to measure their effectiveness and thus improve the performance of messages.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Those who consult this book will be able to obtain not only a careful historical and technical revision of the edition from its beginnings in silent cinema, but also the great moments of its development, passing from Eisenstein and Vertov to examples of current formats such as video clips, web series or videos for transmedia supports. Scenes from series, news and advertising ads are also examined so that, through real cases, the reader can learn the great techniques and procedures of editing.

What experience led you to write this book?

For many years I was interested in knowing how the great films were produced, how the television programs were made. That world behind the screen was captivating and I was interested to know more. I was fortunate enough to work on Radio and Television and I met the professionals who did these types of programs, but I quickly realized that their knowledge was totally practical, I would even say intuitive. Nor were they very easy to transpose what they knew well. That made me think about devoting myself to this issue. Little by little I was ordering my ideas and the knowledge I was acquiring. Then when I studied my PhD in Barcelona I saw that it was a great opportunity to develop an academic line around this subject and to write about the edition from several angles, some already known and others new for what has traditionally been the literature of the edition. And here is the result: the book.

How is the field evolving?

The rapid growth of new technologies and especially the Internet has not only increased the volume of screens and messages, but has completely transformed the language of the media. We see how the editing rules have been easily broken in the last years. We are increasingly tolerant of the effects, abrupt changes of the image. Even those "jumps" we like. On the other hand, cheap cameras and free editing software means that virtually anyone can make very high-quality videos with few resources. But editing or making good videos is not easy or depends only on knowing how to operate a device or a technology. We must know how to count and explain things with images and sounds that is more complex. Finally, we must learn to narrate well, taking advantage of all the capabilities that the viewer has. To do this you must know what you like, what you expect from a message. The edition should then be able to entertain, inform and motivate it to do other actions. Many of these ideas inspire this book that aims to finally offer solutions for those who start in this world or are professionals and seek a recycling of their knowledge.

How are you approaching future research in this area?

For me this is a subject that is constantly changing so it is important to study the evolution of the narrative of the edition in the new screens, ways of seeing and interacting today. I think this trend will mark the direction of the audiovisual language, the messages and how you see cinema, video and TV. These issues are seriously marking my current line of study and will surely bear fruit in some new publications over the next few years.

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  • Editing and Montage in International Film and Video

    Theory and Technique

    By Luís Fernando Morales Morante

    Editing and Montage in International Film and Video presents a theoretical and practical approach to the art of editing. In this book, Luís Fernando Morales Morante explores the international history, technology, theory, practical techniques, psychology, and cognitive effects of editing across a…

    Paperback – 2017-05-02
    Focal Press