Freaking Frenzy - The Power of Breaking a Habit


In the year 2008 I sat somewhere in a big screen cinema and watched the 007 movie “Quantum of Solace”. The pictures flashed so fast across the screen that I couldn’t really see what was going on. Who was chasing whom and where? At least, I thought this in the first ten minutes of the film. And I wasn’t the only one. Afterwards, I heard a lot of complains about the fast cuts in the movie. A few years later the same thing happened to me again: In 2010 I watched “Somewhere” in a small arthouse cinema. The first scene in the film is about two minutes long and consists of one single shot. After a minute of watching, the people started to talk to their neighbours, wondering why nothing happened, or simply lost interest. Normally the average Friday-evening-moviegoer isn’t even aware of these specialties of editing, which I just described. So why did he notice it in these two cases?