Complexity editing is the process by which images are pieced together with an increased focus on dramatic or thematic elements of an event. With marked contrast to continuity editing, complexity editing seeks to remove the confines of time in terms of the horizontal parameter, and thus opens the event to a more introspective interpretation along the vertical axis.
The primary application of complexity editing is the use of montage. Montage is the art of construction; the systematic selections of images that can be organized in either sequential or non-sequential manner in order clarify and intensify an event. When these images are viewed in a designated sequence, they call upon a particular translational response that does not rely on
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Although complexity editing can be effectively contrasted with continuity editing in the aforementioned ways, it should be said that the principle concept of continuity in film can never be abandoned completely. We do not want to burn a viewer’s mental map, we just want to provide them with an alternate means of reaching their destination. For the purpose of this assignment, I’ll be examining the elements of analytical montage. Analytical montage, as the name would imply, seeks to analyze an event based on its principle thematic and structural elements. Utilizing these elements, one has the option then to organize the selected information one of two ways, sectionally or sequentially. In a sequential montage the images presented will not be perceived as continuous, but will in fact follow the order of an event along its horizontal time line. Adhering to the characeristics of a montage, this information is broken up so that the viewer is provided with the principle cause and effect outline, but is emotionally or thematically being drawn in to individual event experiences with a distinct intensity. Natural order is critical to sequential montage, the arrangement of dramatic cues are as relevant to the event as the images themselves. One of the most prevalent examples of sequential montage can be found in the