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Defining the Montage

What is the difference between VITC and LTC Timecode and which one would you advise using?

Contributed by Glen Berry

What is a montage?

A montage is a sequence that is assembled with a sense for the rhetorical connections between shots rather than the continuity.

Continuity editing is the traditional and classic approach to constructing a scene. We move from one shot to the next in a linear, logical fashion. Time doesn't need to be honored in a pedantic way, we can compress or expand time as needed, but we are still moving through the scene in a logical way.

Montage editing is more concerned with the mood or feeling, the emotional relationship between images. Music is often the glue that holds the montage together but it is not required. Music is a rhetorical, emotional tool with powerful uses. It is natural to use montage editing with music and vice versa.

However, montages do not require music. The only requirement of a montage is a departure from continuity to convey meaning in a rhetorical manner.

Berry started his career as an editor and post production supervisor, having worked on documentaries for PBS and The Discovery Channel. Berry’s award-winning short fiction, documentary and experimental films have screened at festivals around the world. His first feature film secured a rare worldwide distribution deal and received a limited theatrical release.

The publisher of Film Underground and founder of Northwest Film School, Berry has taught production at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. Berry was awarded a Master of Arts in Production and Direction from the National University of Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theatre Arts from Montana State University.

Berry’s academic work has been published in scholarly journals as well as trade publications such as MovieMaker Magazine, and as well as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Filmmaking. He is the publisher of Film Underground and has served as an expert source for international newspaper and radio media outlets. Berry twice served as the Director of the Northwest Projections Film Festival and as a panel judge on numerous festivals and competitions.

Glen Berry is the Director of the Northwest Film School where he teaches directing, producing and editing. He has specialized in creative editing and post production techniques with independent film. His interests include the cognitive functions of the mind as it applies to motion picture editing as well as new forms of communications in the visual arts.

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