Evidence of Editing: Us (2019) – Meet the Tethered Scene

Editing Language

  • Cutting to individual people & places instead of a whole room shot
  • Shows the emotion on people’s faces, specifically Red
  • Creates suspense for the viewers

Mirror Cutting

Editor Nicholas said in an interview “We talked about match cutting as a technique but we did a lot of what I call ‘mirror cutting’ to an inverted action or an inverted emotion or an uncanny replica of something. The underground dance/fight at the end was the purest form of musical, psychological, and artistic editing.”

Mirror cutting is similar to match cutting and cross cutting which are other techniques used by editors, in shows like Stranger Things which there are “two worlds” it is crucial to the emotion of the show to cut between.