Magnolia: Continuity Editing to the Max

Magnolia: Continuity Editing to the Max

Magnolia contains most if not all the film elements we have discussed in this course so far. This film uses quite a lot of continuity editing in particular. There is matching on action, eye-line matching, and graphic matching throughout. The continuity editing is very important in this film because there are multiple story-lines going on in a nonlinear fashion. These filming techniques are necessary for transitioning between characters and story-lines in ways that connect them while not causing confusion. There are multiple shots where we transition to a new character or story by zooming in on a television screen and then enter the set. Television connects most if not all of these stories and characters together. Music is another important part of this film and also helps connect the stories together. There are a number of scenes where a song will be heard or sung by one character in one shot and then we switch to another shot with a different character while the song goes from being diegetic to nondiegetic, playing in the background. Music or just sounds carry on from one shot to another, transitioning between and also connecting the two shots. The ending scene where all of the main characters are singing along to the same song is another way in which music helped connect and bring together the film. While the ending of this film did not necessarily tie all of the stories together in a neat and spectacular way like I was expecting, it used continuity editing along with TV, music, and just media in general to show that there are some connections between them. Without these filming techniques, this narrative would be all over the place and much harder to understand.

What is this film trying to say about the media and the people that are involved in media?

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