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See If a 100-Year-Old Editing Theory Still Applies

In the below video from This Guy Edits, editor Sven Pape explains the editing technique and theory known as the Kuleshov Effect.

As he explains, “The Kuleshov Effect is a film editing (montage) effect demonstrated by Russian/Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in the 1910s and 1920s. It is a mental phenomenon by which the audience derives more meaning from the interaction of two sequential shots than from a single shot in isolation…Russian filmmaker Podovkin (1893-1953) went so far as to say that the emotional content of a scene comes more from proper editing technique than it does from the performance of the actor.”

Watch Pape use modern footage to see if the principle still applies.

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