Lecture #7: Cutting Genre — Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Action

This week we discuss genre, what it is and how editing works with genre.

“Acategory of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.”

Genre is a system of classification.

“Genre suffers from the same ills of any classification system. Genre is useful as long as it is remembered that it is a helpful tool, to be reassessed and scrutinised, and to weigh works on their unique merit as well as their place within the genre.”

We will watch specific sections looking at how genre influences editing, from “Jaws”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Psycho”.

We will also look at discussion from editors about cutting Action and Suspense from the DVD “The Cutting Edge”

“When Harry Met Sally” Katz’s Delicatessen scene
Jaws, building suspense