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The Art of Film Editing

Montage Editing

Montage Editing

Montage editing is a style of film editing that involves the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images or shots to create a new meaning or idea. This method of editing can be used to convey a wide range of emotions, from joy and excitement to fear and discomfort. Montage editing is often used in films to:

  • Condense time
  • Convey a character's thoughts or emotions
  • Create a sense of chaos or confusion

Famous Example

One of the most famous examples of montage editing can be found in the film Rocky. In the film's climactic training sequence, Rocky is shown running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while the iconic score plays in the background. This sequence is a perfect example of how montage editing can be used to convey a character's journey and progress in a short amount of time.


Montage editing can be achieved through a variety of techniques, including the use of:

  • Dissolves
  • Fades
  • Superimpositions

These techniques allow the editor to seamlessly blend different shots or images together to create a cohesive whole. It is important for the editor to carefully choose which shots to use in a montage sequence in order to effectively convey the desired message or emotion.

Use Sparingly

While montage editing can be a powerful tool for filmmakers, it is important to use it sparingly and with intention. Overuse of montage editing can lead to a loss of emotional impact and can instead create a sense of confusion or disorientation for the viewer.

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