JJ’s Kuleshov Effect

Offline Editor and After Effects artist for “JJ’s Kuleshov Effect” – an experimental film by Happy Puppy Productions.

The Kuleshov Experiment is a montage effect demonstrated by Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov in about 1918.

Kuleshov edited a short film in which shots of the face of a man are alternated with various other shots. The film was shown to an audience who believed that the expression on his face was different each time he appeared, depending on whether he was “looking at”. Actually the footage was identical, and rather expressionless, every time it appeared.

Kuleshov used the experiment to indicate the usefulness and effectiveness of film editing. The implication is that viewers brought their own emotional reactions to this sequence of images, and then moreover attributed those reactions to the actor, investing his impassive face with their own feelings.

Date: 01/01/2008 Client: Lev Kuleshov Skills: Experimental Website: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuleshov_Effect