Prelim Task – Mood Montage

For this task, in order to familiarize ourselves with the camera work, mise-en-scene, and editing software involved in video editing, we were challenged to create a montage. We based our montage on the idiom ‘fall down 7 times, get up 8.’


Video Montage


Do you think your montage has an impact?

I think that my montage has quite an inspirational impact, as it shows the value of  support and friendship, as well as being resilient.


Do you get a sense of feeling or story/relationship?

The sense of the relationship between the person learning guitar and the person they idolize is clear, and appears to get stronger as the montage progresses and the learner improves.


How does one specified cut create meaning? Please use time codes to identify the cut in question.

One cut that creates meaning is the cut between the section of the learner’s aggression and irritation (0:16) followed by a black screen and a slow fade in to the learner putting the instrument down. (0:21). This creates the meaning that the learner is lashing out in frustration at their failures, followed by their regret and disappointment as conveyed by the change in tone.


Is there a sense of progression or are you trying just to reflect an experience?

There’s a sense of progression as the learner improves through the montage, which is emphasized by the assistance of their mentor and the audience’s change in reaction to their playing.


Do you use repetition of some shots? If so, how do they help communicate your idea?

A repeated shot that I used was of the audience heckling the musician earlier in the piece in comparison to them cheering her on later on. This suggests the improvement of the musician, communicating her progression.


What additional shot would you have liked to get to further communicate the idea?

I would have liked to include the shot of the tear in close up to further emphasize that failing is an important part of succeeding in the end. I also would have improved the edit for the heckling, as it doesn’t feel as intense and emotional as it could. I would improve this by making the edit slow down in that moment, almost as if the emotion has stopped her in her tracks.