(8) La La Land Vs Whiplash

A recent podcast on indiewire compared the differences in editing through the film “La La Land” and “Whiplash.” Although both scenes contain a musical number, the editing styles could not be more different. Hearing from the editors Damian Chapelle and Tom Cross was very interesting. The biggest difference the two films had when referring to editing was their cutting style. Whiplash contained many cuts, while La La land did not, which made it way more difficult to edit because they couldn’t use cuts to keep up the momentum. These long cuts could either keep the audience’s attention the whole time, or loose their attention with the lack of cutting on action. I personally think that the editing style used was extremely unique and Damian Chapelle succeeded on demonstrating old hollywood musical styles while infusing modern realism elements.


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