I analyse the dynamic editing structure of Friday the Thirteenth (1980) using the time series of the ranks of the shot lengths as an exploratory data analytical method for revealing the editing structure of motion pictures without requiring a priori assumptions about the functions of film style. I find that Friday the Thirteenth comprises multiple editing regimes with change points between editing patterns occurring with large changes in mood and localised clusters of shorter and longer takes are associated with specific narrative events. The multiple editing regimes create different types of frightening experiences for the viewer with slower edited passages creating a pervading sense of foreboding and rapid editing linked to the frenzied violence of body horror.
|Journal||Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2016|
- exploratory data analysis
- time series analysis
- film style