Give a specific and detailed example of how editing was used in either Jaws or Bonnie and Clyde. What was the impact of the editor on the story?
I counted a total of 59 shots in the beach scene. The editing in the scene must have been complicated. Verna Fields had to use good timing to make sure that each time someone walked in front of Brody, the camera zoomed in closer to his concerned face. The pacing of the scene started out with long shots. Each one watched each person in the water and then would cut back to Brody watching them; the woman floating, the dog - pipet, the couple, Alex on his raft, and Brody's son and friends. When people started to get in Brody's face and distract him, something happened with each person to alarm the viewers and Brody; the woman floating had the old man with the grey cap swim underneath her, looking like a shark and the couple were horsing around and the girl screamed. As it flips to each person and shows the viewers what each person is doing, it builds the excitement because we don't know who is going to be killed. Allowing the viewers to see the ordinary people doing ordinary activities on the beach, it not only lets the viewer get emotionally attached to each person but the viewers can relate to what everyone is doing, making the thought of getting attacked by a shark, that much more scary. As the shots get closer to the attack, the shorten, telling the viewers that its coming. It isn't until we're looking at the underwater view that we know the shark is here. Once Alex is killed, the shots flip from the front to the back of the panic and people running. I think this allows the viewer to be involved with the chaos. Finally, at the end of the scene, the shots get longer and quiet as Alex's mother discovers her son is dead.