Classcial filmmaking

Classical filmmaking, also called, Classical Hollywood cinema, is both a visual and sound style for making motion pictures and a mode of production used in America film industry. The period came after the end of the silent era in 1927 and lasted to 1963. This period of classical filmmaking is often referred to as the golden age. The Jazz Singer, which was released in 1927 marks the beginning of the era. The classical film style is built on the principal of continuity editing, also called invisible editing. The purpose of this type of editing is to make the camera and the sound recording so smooth that the viewer will not discover it. The goal is to make the cut invisible.

Sunset Boulevard is a movie that conforms to the classical Hollywood style. Editing, lighting, and camera angles correspond to this film style. Readability is important when making decisions regarding mise-en-scene. Sound and lightning in Sunset Boulevard may not always obey the rules of real life, but they do follow the classical Hollywood style. Sound and lighting are used this way to allow the viewers to stay focused on the story. Still, the scenes seem realistic, which is an important element in terms of classical filmmaking. An example of this is the party scenes in the movie. At the beginning of the scenes, the background music has a strong presence but as dialogue begins, the music is reduced so the audience can hear what is said better. Continuity editing also plays an important part in Sunset Boulevard. The editing is discreet, and made as smooth as possible. The use of long shots is also a factor that makes the film more realistic. The ending sequence gives the audience all the answers they need and a closure, which is typical for classical films.


2 thoughts on “Classcial filmmaking

  1. Sunset Boulevard is definitely a great example of Classical Hollywood Cinema. The lighting and sound effects in the last scene of the film play together and really influence the tone of what’s going on with Norma as she’s coming down the stairs, thinking she’s in a film.


  2. This is a great text explaining in detail what the era of Classical Hollywood cinema was. I agree that using Sunset Boulevard as an example is great as it truly fits the description.


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