How To Use the Invisible Split Screen Effect To Add Drama To Your Films

Jul 30, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

How To Use the Invisible Split Screen Effect To Add Drama To Your Films

Jul 30, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Timing is a huge component of successful filmmaking.  So is framing.  And director David Fincher has a good handle on both.

There are a variety of reasons to use invisible split-screen composites in filmmaking, from honing the timing of shots to multiplying your actors on small-budget projects.  When properly applied, this technique can be used as a tool to craft a dynamically powerful scene and is a trick that Fincher admits to implementing countless times throughout each of his films.

In this tutorial, Ben Gill gives us a breakdown of the technique, how masters like Fincher apply it, and how you can create it yourself.

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In theory, this technique is sort of a glorified version of dramatic sync tempo, except that, instead of cutting away from the scene, you are cutting the scene itself and manipulating time within it.  You essentially become a time-bending wizard…thing…person…

This can be great for even low-budget films, as Ben shows in the tutorial.  Mastering timing is [almost] everything in storytelling, and when you might be having to cut corners on budget elsewhere, making certain that your film has a high impact value can greatly offset that fact in the minds of viewers.

Want some more budget filmmaking tips?  Check out some tricks for shooting a film with a two-man team.

And, now…

To see an example of the sometimes-not-so-invisible split screen effect applied horribly wrong, feast your eyes on this:

https://youtu.be/2nm2JiQxHWk

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Allen Mowery

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