Filmmaking - When the film cuts to black

ZeeconPublished: November 1, 2016Updated: November 2, 20166 views
Published: November 1, 2016Updated: November 2, 2016

Cut to black is an editing technique when the storytellers end something right then and there and jump to a big black frame. Whatever comes next, depends upon the storytelling style of the film director.

Cutting to black means the absolute ending to a particular sequence in a movie. For example the ending of the film Memento directed by Christopher Nolan. That movie contains a lot of cut to blacks, but the most crucial cut to black came at the ending of the film when the main character makes a decision and right there the film cuts to black and the end credits roll.

So what was Nolan trying to signify with this amazing little cut to black? He was trying to tell the audience that this is the ultimate stop for your journey with Leonard, the main of Character of the film and that’s all you need to know about him as far as last impressions are concerned. And we as an audience member understand that Leonard has made the ultimate decision which is going to define the rest of his life. Now I’m not giving away what decision he makes because that would give away the main twist of the movie, so after you watch this Vlog, go watch Memento, if you haven’t, shame on you -

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