An Experience in Editing Memento and the Hurt Locker

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Alfredo Zavala
April 16, 2013
Editing: Memento & The Hurt Locker
Memento is a film in which editing is part of the narrative while The Hurt Locker is a film in which the narrative uses editing. These two great films are very different when examining the editing. For example Memento has a very difficult story to understand due to the editing of the narrative and the story that Leonard Shelby is trying to tell. For the film, The Hurt Locker, the editing in the film is used to create dramatic emotion and create high suspenseful scenes in which the audience is grabbing onto their seats. Editing is a very powerful tool in the making of films. For example, editing has the power to change a serious and suspenseful movie into a comedy, with the techniques of changing the sounds, order of scenes and shots, and even the color of the shot in the movie. Editing is used in every film out there to create better films and shots.

One very important editing technique in Memento was changing the color of the shot. For example when it would flashback to Leonard on the phone, it represented Leonard in a past memory. This editing technique impacted the film greatly. Whenever I saw the black and white scene, I opened up my eyes and paid a lot more attention. The gray scenes were important things to watch and thin about. It was also a great editing technique to use because the major idea of the story is about a man named Leonard who suffers from short term memory loss. The gray scenes were not only giving a higher meaning to the scene but also a flashback to what Leonard had done in the past. This editing was a mix of changing the color and changing the story line in the film.

Memento was filled with flashbacks while The Hurt locker was mostly in order until the end of the film where it flashed back to James and how his life was before he joined the army and left to disarm bombs in Iraq. In The Hurt locker, editing was a film in which the narrative uses editing. For...
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