Luis O. – BASIS Oro Valley

BASIS Oro Valley Senior Luis O.

Demonstrating the Impact of Good Editing and Directing in Film

Project/blog link: Demonstrating the Impact of Good Editing and Directing in Film
BASIS Advisor: Brian McNerney
Internship location: Evangraedavis
Onsite Mentor: Evan Davis, Professional Director of Documentaries

Project Abstract

When you make a movie, every frame is painstakingly crafted to convey a certain meaning, whether that is to reveal more about a character or introduce a certain plot element. This also means that each shot is deliberately set up to manipulate the audience's emotions in some way. The directors and editors of a movie have complete control in what and how they allow their audience to view the subject of their film. For narrative films, this manipulation is normal, even welcomed by the viewing audience. It helps make the movies message and theme more clear if every aspect of the film is subtly pointing towards an overarching theme. However, for documentaries that provide factual record rather than pure entertainment, this manipulation is more heavily scrutinized. Documentarians have to balance making their films compelling while also not sensationalizing their subject. This is why I have decided to follow around a documentarian in Tucson and learn what factors on set might limit a shot and get a glimpse into the process of making a film both factual and interesting. By watching how he directs and edits his films I can see the process, unfiltered and in real time. Along with general research on composing a shot and editing, I hope to not only promote visual literacy but also highlight what is so great about when a filmmaker uses the basic conventions of good cinematography in a unique way to tell more with each frame.

Demonstrating the Impact of Good Editing and Directing in Film