Going Against Traditional Film Making: Orson Welles
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The Argument

 

The use of different editing techniques has drastically changed the way we relate to films. They also help determine whether or not a film will be able to grab our attention. In this scoop-it, I will discuss how Orson Welles’ days in radio led to his unique style of editing in film.

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The Shadow radio play (Poison Death) with Orson Welles pt 1

 

Before he began working with film, Welles was a radio broadcaster. Because the rules of radio were so different from those of film, Welles reacted to film making very differently from those who came before him. In this radio broadcast, The Shadow, Welles played the lead, and was able to show the rules of radio "imaging". The use of distorted sound conveyed where characters were, echoes implied empty halls, and fading sound suggested increasing distance.

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Orson Welles - War Of The Worlds - Radio Broadcast 1938 - Complete Broadcast.

In this radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, intentional mistakes in dialogue as well as dead air gave it an unrehearsed feel that made many Americans believe it was real and not scripted.

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Conclusion

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”

-Orson Welles

The above quote is one that has a lot of importance, even so many years after it was spoken. It is proof that Orson Welles was not afraid to be himself, and do things that were not 'normal'. His experience in radio paved the way for a new style in editing which would not have been possible otherwise.

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Orson Welles

Orson Welles | Going Against Traditional Film Making: Orson Welles | Scoop.it

Orson Welles is well known for his out of the box editing techniques. He achieved his distinctive style through his innovative uses of lighting, camera angles, long takes, and sound techniques acquired from radio.

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane | Going Against Traditional Film Making: Orson Welles | Scoop.it

Orson Welles produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in Citizen Kane. In this film, he was able to embody all that he learned from his days in radio. He took those same techniques and put them into film with great success. The absence of sound in Citizen Kane can be compared to dead air in War of the Worlds as well as the mystery sound that is later identified, and the use of montage scenes

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The 50 Greatest Films of All Time

The 50 Greatest Films of All Time | Going Against Traditional Film Making: Orson Welles | Scoop.it

By clicking on this link you can see just how successful Citizen Kane is. Here you will see it ranked 2nd in a poll for the 50 greatest movies of all time.

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