The Kuleshov effect for me was a very interesting and unknown effect in the movie industry. With the same first reaction and having multiple different after the first one, the viewer is able to interpret in many different ways. That being said, i was able to get into a conclusion that with based on the editing the producer is able to take the viewer into a certain though that he desires is the proper idea to be though about the movie. In my video i was able to bring to the viewer, the feeling of "i have no life" and "what is that?" two opposing ideas that with the Kuleshov effect i was able to achieve.
Prior to this unit I did not know what a Kuleshov effect was, but after seeing it and trying it myself it makes much more sense. What is really interesting about it is the how it makes the person associate unrelated events or objects with a certain emotion. If you show a man smiling and then show a burglar getting beaten, the audience will associate that smile with the fact that the burglar is getting beaten even they are completely unrelated or 2 very separate takes. However, getting the right reaction and association is not as easy as it seems. The circumstances have to be right and the event has to make sense. You can’t have a cute baby smiling and then show a man that is crying. They are not events that we would associate together. For the Kuleshov effect what I learned is that it is all about the right event as well as the timing. Cuts have to be smooth and background noise present in each take has to be off or similar. Otherwise, the audience will be less likely to associate the 2 events as they might seem too unalike. This reveals the power of editing for not just the Kuleshov effect, but any video that you want to use to attract attention from an audience. You want to keep them focused on what is going on in the video not extra details like the extra sound, scratchy transitions, or the shakiness of the camera.
Before the unit on the Kuleshov effects i didn't know the true concept of Montages and also who Kuleshov was. After doing hands on activities and watching a few examples of a Kuleshov effect i really understood the unit and it helped me alot when it comes to learning different film techniques. In my Kuleshov effect i took a video of Diego looking plain towards the ground and a shot of Athavan dead on the floor. I then took another shot of a water bottle, put them all together and made a Kuleshov effect that gave Diego's plain expression two different meaning to the eye of the viewer. The expression from Diego given towards Athavan represents a sad feeling as if Diego has lost someone really close to him. The expression that was given to the bottle represents Diego's craving for water which was also represented through his expression. Overall i really enjoyed learning and working with Kuleshov effects because it gave me a better understanding on the different techniques in film making and will be very helpful in my own projects in the near future.
Through the Kuleshov effect I have learned that editing plays a much more major role on film and video than I would have ever known. Editing is something that we never notice (or we shouldn't notice) in a movie. However, I have learned that it can cause the meaning of a clip to completely change based on one little piece of editing. For example, we will see a character looking at something and we won't be able to tell what is causing the character's expression. It is editing that allows us to have gain context to his expression as the scene cuts to something like a bear or a lion. It is proper editing that allows us to gain context. However, if context is placed in the wrong order, a clip that the scene cuts too can change the meaning of the original expression. That is why editing choices can completely impact meaning. In addition, the quality of editing makes the difference between a good and bad film. Good editing is not noticed by the viewer, and bad editing causes attention to the mistake of the film. Also, bad editing can ruin the flow of a film. I gained increased appreciate for those who edit movies and I now realize the amount of work it takes.
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