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Editing is the act of assembling components of a piece by cutting and splicing As a filmmaker and especially when making a documentary the use of editing is very important in putting together ideas and arguments In the case of a documentary editing can be used to further push a thesis and prove a point which the filmmaker is trying to put across The possibilities are endless dialogues can be shortened scenes can be added or cut or even switched around to be in any order desired By doing such things a very plain portion of footage can be used to argue an idea In the movie Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore is a genius when it comes to his editing choices concerning Charlton Heston and the NRA Using a few well placed insert shots Moore is able to bring the attention away from Heston long enough to change around parts of his speech and shorten dialogues By means of crosscuts he is able to make it seem as if though Heston is talking insensitively to the weeping children of Columbine All of this is an attempt to incriminate Heston by deception Moore gives the story but emphasizes the parts that promote his argument By means of the numerous little editing tweaks mentioned above Michael Moore is able to use Bowling for Columbine as propaganda against the NRA and make Charlton Heston the antagonist villain A crosscut is a cut where the camera jumps from one scene to another and makes it seem like they are happening concurrently Moores first use of a crosscut to incriminate Heston is during the shooting and Denver NRA meeting scenes At first Moore has footage of the Columbine massacre interviews with different people actual footage from the school He ends this scene with crying children outside the school Directly after this he cuts to Heston who is at an NRA rally This is Moores use of the crosscut Heston
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