The History of Cutting - The Birth of Cinema and Continuity Editing

The earliest forms of cinema were remarkably simple—projected uncut footage of scenes from daily life. However, thanks to the contributions of talented artists, a new cinematic language soon emerged—editing. In this video essay, John Hess traces the development and early stages of film editing, including techniques used by The Lumière Brothers, Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, and D.W Griffith.

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Editing History