Thursday, May 03, 2007

Norman Jewison on multiple screen editing

from Norman Jewison's commentary for his 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair".
at 06:22 into the film.

"We were trying to tell five stories at the same time. And so we all went up to the Montreal World's Festival just before we started the film and that's where we were exposed to [Christopher] Chapman's multiple-screen technique which was shown there for the first time in Habitat. And Haskell [Wexler] and myself and Hal Ashby we got so excited because in Chapman's film "A Place to Stand" there was something like 40 minutes of film and it was shown in 17 minutes because of the multiple screens and we realized that the eye is the only selective organ in the body. And therefore you could take in more than one image at the same time as long as there wasn't a lot of sound."



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