Thursday, April 01, 2021

Speak Easily - 1932 - Editing Exercise - Sequence 8 - Fixing the Situation

The sequence begins with a Durante caricature with his nose protruding downward at a specific angle.  It comes at a reel change, so it is extended by Durante's laugh over the image.  Now think how Keaton was positioned in the shot immediately preceding this one.  I think a fade in/out transition was chosen instead of a lap dissolve for a reason.

Of course it leads to a possible compromising situation, and the troupe has now learned the truth behind the professor's inheritance, so it's time for a nice switcheroo.  And a few trims, because by now everyone was on a roll.

1932 - 6 minutes, 20 seconds
2021 - 5 minutes, 45 seconds

Appendix - here are the screen shots of the end of sequence 7 and the start of sequence 8, with a simulated midpoint of a slow lap dissolve of the two, had the transition been performed in that manner - 

Oh that persistence of vision!

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