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Edit Analyst - SpiderMan: Homecoming Car Scene
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:24:47 PM »

SpiderMan: Homecoming (2017, Jon Watts)

Analyst for the first half of the car scene, called the greatest scene of the movie by (Cavna, 2017).

The Context: Peter being driven to the homecoming dance with Liz by her father Adrian, who Peter just discovered is Vulture, the antagonist of the movie. Adrian beings the scene with the "Dad Interrogation" but soon figures out that Peter is Spiderman.

L and J Cuts (and the emotion they build during this scene):

The L and J cuts from these scene are used against Peter when transitioning between scenes. First to his anxiety and fear, then later in the scene Intimidation that Josh will be covering. They are also a great from of transitioning between scenes instead of using a hard edit as mentioned in (Renee, 2017).


Rhythmic Montage is used throughout the scene, with the content in question determining the shot length as mentioned in (Fusco, 2017).

Dimensions of Film Editing:

The scene has two dimensions of film editing as described (BORDWELL & THOMPSON, 2013).

  • Temporal - No Flash Backs/Flash Forwards. Each dialog piece moves the story forward like A to B to C etc.
  • Rhythmic - Different Rhythmic patterns used for editing between the standard "Dad Interrogation" to Vulture suspecting than figuring out Peter is SpiderMan.

The Rule of Six:

The scene follows The Rule of Six as defined in (Murch, 2001) as "The ideal cut is one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once". The criteria of Emotion, Story, Rhythm, Eye Trace, 2D Plane of Screen, 3D Space.


Throughout the scene with dialog, the car engine and traffic sound is turned out. Sound of car horns while focused on the actors is also turned down, becoming louder when the scene transitions to a long shot of the cars in traffic. At the beginning of the scene you can hear a siren in the background, adding subtext of warning and danger ("Definition of SIREN", 2018).


Cavna, M. (2017). Let’s talk about that single greatest scene in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Retrieved from

Renee, V. (2017). Editing 101: What Are J and L Cuts (and Why Should You Be Using Them)?. Retrieved from

Fusco, J. (2017). Watch: 5 Essential Types of Montage to Use in Your Film. Retrieved from

Definition of SIREN. (2018). Retrieved from

BORDWELL, D., & THOMPSON, K. (2013). Film art : an introduction (p. 221).

Murch, W. (2001). In the blink of an eye (pp. 17-20). Los Angeles: Silman-James Press.
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