in Film editing: history, theory and practice
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It is important to start by looking at the very first films that were made, because that's where the story of film editing begins. In many ways it is surprising, given that filmmakers were constructing films of actualities from a variety of viewpoints from quite early on that 'constructed' films remained as one-shot entities for as long as they did. Georges Méliès pioneered the development of trick films. In France, he was also experimenting with multishot films. Méliès's first was L'Affaire Dreyfus made in 1899. Like Attack on a China Mission it was an imagined reconstruction of an actual event, but unlike James Williamson's film it consisted of a series of twelve separate one-shot films detailing separate events of the Dreyfus affair which, when showed together, lasted an unprecedented fifteen minutes.


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