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The Wipe > Multiple-image Montage - Pg. 291

CHAPTER 17 Editing the Production The director thought that this would create tension by withholding the identity of the person who was outside the door. However, this inadvertently created a false relationship instead. Even where dialogue or action explains the second shot, this is usually an unsuitable transi- tion. A mix or fade-out/-in would have prevented the confusion. Montage In a montage, a series of images are presented that combine to produce an associative effect. These images can be displayed sequentially or as a multiple-image screen (Figure 17.16). Sequential Montage One brief shot follows another in rapid succession, usually to convey a relationship or an abstract concept. Multiple-image Montage Several images can be shown at the same time by dividing the screen into two or four seg- ments. Although more segments can be used, images become so small that they can lose their impact. These images may be of the same subject, or of several different subjects. They can be stills (showing various stages as an athlete completes a pole vault) or moving pictures (show- ing different people talking from different locations). Multiple-image montages can be used for many different purposes--to show steps in a pro- cess, to compare, to combine different viewpoints, to show action taking place at different