Building on the works of D.W. Griffith and the development of “continuity editing” in early film history, Soviet silent filmmakers would pioneer new innovative ideas about editing that moved film from an extension of theater into a mature and powerful artistic medium.
Cinema began as a novelty – projecting dancing shadows on a screen of simple every day scenes. But through the contributions of talented artists, a new cinematic language of editing emerged. Trace the development of editing from The Lumiere Brothers through Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, and D.W Griffith.
Tyler Dinapoli, Vice President, Advertising & Field Marketing for Focus Features, picks this scene from ATONEMENT as one of his favorites.
"What I love about this sequence is that it begins with a small intimate shot of lost soldiers and progresses to a reveal that would make David Lean proud. Following these characters through an unbroken shot of the beach at Dunkirk is almost like a painting come to life. We witness the caught moments of soldiers, whom may be defeated in body, but are certainly not in mind."