The Art of Editing and Suicide Squad

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Editing is one of the most important and least understood aspects of filmmaking. There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration while editing a film. There are the obvious shot/reverse shot and editing together a series of different takes from wide to close ups. But beyond that there is also the need to establish character’s position in a scene. The distance from one person to another. The pace of the action. What scenes we linger on and what scenes are cut quickly. You can spend years editing and still only scratch the surface of fully understanding it’s power.

While it’s important to understand classic editing techniques and study the masters, it’s almost more helpful to analyze a film like Suicide Squad and understand, from a purely editorial perspective, why the editing is ineffective. Folding Ideas has attempted to analyze some of the key things wrong with Suicide Squad and give insight into the way an editor should approach storytelling.


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