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ERIC Number: ED408986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 5
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Vertical Hegelianism and Beyond: Digital Cinema Editing.
Wyatt, Roger B.
Cinema as an art and communication form is entering its second century of development. Sergei Eisenstein conceived of editing in horizontal and vertical terms. He saw vertical editing patterns primarily as the synchronization of simultaneous image and sound elements, particularly music, no create cinematic meaning by means of the relationship between them. The Eisensteinian editing theories and techniques embody the values of the dominant paradigm of the time. They were grounded in a linear, assembled, progressive, and fixed worldview of the positivist paradigm of the industrial era. In recent years, both paradigm and technology have changed. At the paradigmatic level, emergent systems theory derived from biology and ecological consciousness, posits a worldview of interdependent systems that are self-organizing, self-renewing, and self-transcending. At the technological level, the rise of cybernetic and electronic technologies, replete with computers and networks, now dominate the technological landscape. The cinematic technology revolution of the last decade along with the revisioning of the theory base has led to a reconceptualization of vertical editing. The techniques of digital technology are informed by emergent systems thinking. The spontaneous juxtaposition of layers, immediate feedback, and layering of imagery all create new meanings. Because a digital image is not fixed it can be revised at any time. Informed by a systems view and implemented by digital tools and techniques, the Eisensteinian notion of vertical editing has acquired new meaning. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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