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Apparently it does make a difference in the dark.

Every media platform has its own language. For video part of that is the art of editing. Jim Emerson is breaking down editing technique and theory in exquisite detail in his series on Press Play. It’s well worth the watch.

When working to tell stories over multiple mediums, it’s important to create content to keep the strengths, traditions and techniques of each format in mind. Emerson does a great job of explaining what is going own, from a technical standpoint, in each of the sequences he examines.

If you want a better understanding of video editing, than this is something you have to watch.

Emerson’s video essays have broken down three action sequences over four movies. He started with a critique of the big chase scene in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night.


The second piece shows off the spatial awareness in Philip Noyce’s film Salt.


Part three compares current techniques with older approaches in The Lineup and The French Connection.


There is great commentary in each of the articles (as well as some unedited versions of the scenes in the first two) so if you like what you see, you should click through.

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