The Observer Effect: Quantum Mechanics in the Edit Suite

by Paddy Bird on
October 21, 2022

This week we're going a bit left field. There is a phenomenon in quantum mechanics known as The Observer Effect. It states that a situation is often changed by observing it. The fascinating thing is that applying it to certain aspects of filmmaking can make us better editors.

People change when they know there is a camera pointed at them and this causes all kinds of issues for us editors, especially in non scripted editing. One of the fundamental laws of our art form is the create believable performances on screen otherwise the suspension of disbelief is broken and the audience switch off.

On this weeks episode of Once Upon a Timeline we talk through the psychology of this effect, it's impact on our work and what we can do it mitigate it.

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