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Effects of continuity or discontinuity in actual film editing
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Moving Image Production. (ISTUD / Audiovisuella studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2006-4522
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Moving Image Production.
(English)In: Empirical Studies of the Arts, ISSN 0276-2374, E-ISSN 1541-4493Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

A film editor’s refining of film edits at a frame-by-frame matching is an effort of perceptual precision. This paper investigates whether a failure of a few frames would jeopardize the perceived continuity of the film. 33 Swedish students, 17 female, average age 26, were eye tracked while watching two versions of the same documentary film sequence, where one version was completed to satisfaction by a film editor, and the other version had its edits altered 4-6 frames against the film editor’s intentions.

The analysis scrutinized gaze hits in Areas-of-Interest (AoI:s) appointed by the film editor, as well as saccade frequency and pupil dilation after edit points. No significant difference was found for gaze hits in AoI:s, whereas saccade frequency increased 120-400 ms after edit points by  29.4%, and pupil sizes increased by 28% relative size, 200-500 ms after edits, both in the altered version of the film sequence.

These results indicates that the altered film sequence constrained viewers, with possible cognitive effects, which implies that the frame-by-frame matching of film edits achieved by film editors is crucial to film continuity.

Keyword [en]
film editing, perceptual precision, film continuity, film viewing, eye tracking, edit points, frame matching
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Design Studies on Film
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26443OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26443DiVA: diva2:1150680
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2017-10-20Bibliographically approved

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