In this section, we look at how shots are put together. If you think about it, the rapid change in perspectives common in films is not at all like the way we actually view the world. Over the years, the art of film editing has developed a grammar for connecting shots in order to elicit emotional effects and tell stories.
Assignment Due for This Session
Watch the following scene from Casablanca (dir. Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942) and describe how the different shots are put together. This scene begins in the present and then flashes back to a few years prior. How does the film let us know that this is a flashback? Answer below by posting a comment.