The beginnings of movies often involve editing for various reasons. Some present different shots of a place in different perspectives to establish the setting of the movie; and some, tell the story of the protagonist's past in a short amount of time. The latter approach suggest more of a challenge as the specific scenes chosen have to be significant and impactful in order to communicate an explanation as to why the bulk of the movie is. The clip above displays the introduction to the movie The Brothers Bloom. The editing from 1:30-2:45 contributes greatly to the story telling as it presents a water-shed event.
During that scene, the audience witnesses the first time Bloom’s brother, Stephen, writing Bloom’s life for him in the form of a con. With regards to the editing, sound, different shots and zooms contributes to the success of this scene. The music that is played throughout this scene is only Nathan Johnson’s Brothers in a One Hat Town, a jazzy overture. It complements the images and the scene well because of its ability to provide subtleness and power where it needs to.
The shots are well thought out; they shift rather quickly to represent the heartbeat of Bloom as he makes all these discoveries about himself. However, some shots are slowed down as well to represent instances like Bloom’s wonder at his brother’s con. The dolly zoom technique is also utilized to display the significance of Bloom discovery of the girl, his instant feelings towards her, and how much he gets lost in that moment. Then, a long shot follows as his moment is broken by a powerful push from his brother encouraging Bloom to talk to the girl. The shots in this scene are determined by both of the brothers’ perspectives, though not all the time. Different angles are also used to create diversity, preserve interest, and establish things like authority and clarity. As mentioned before, the shots shift quickly so the cuts are obvious. But, be that as it may, it does not hurt or hinder the story as it becomes a representation of the character’s emotions. This creates a better communication between the audience and the characters which results in a more intimate experience.