You'll be wondering "who is this girl to talk about movie montages?". Well, here are my credentials:
My montages on Youtube
Now, let's define the concepts of "viral video", "remix", "mashup", "supercut", "compilation", "top list video", "fanvid", "video tribute" and "movie montage", which are frequently mistaken. And we'll see some examples to illustrate them.
VIRAL VIDEO is a video that becomes popular through the process of internet sharing (video websites, social networks and e-mail). A movie montage can become a viral video, but that's not the point of editing movie montages, is it?
REMIX is the adoption, alteration and recombination of pre-existing material to create something new, mostly in a musical sense. The star of this type of video is not the image, but the audio. This one's great, by Pogo:
MASHUP or "mash-up" is the "combination of multiple sources of videos which usually have no relation with each other than a derivative work, often lampooing its component sources or another text. Many mashup videos are humorous movie trailer parodies" (extracted from wikipedia). Here is one of the best I've seen, by Vayabobo:
SUPERCUT is defined as a fast-paced montage of short video clips that obsessively isolates a single element from its source, usually a word, phrase, or cliche from film and TV. It can be set to music or not. Here is a very clear example, from the tv series "Community", edited by Zack Prewitt:
COMPILATION is generally a media product that is put together by assembling previously separate items. As a video, it's simply the accumulation of clips with a common theme, it doesn't need any real editing work, it's just a copy/paste of the unmodified clips in no particular order. This one is a classic example:
FANVID is a fan-made video set to a song celebrating, like other fandom media, a film, tv show, music band, actor... in a very passionate, non-professional way (and I don't mean to underestimate them, I'm just saying that people who name their videos as "fanvids" are usually young and amateur, not film lovers, but huge fans of a film, saga or character, mostly fan phenomena products). Fanvids are edited by fans for fans, meaning that, for example, if you're not a Twilight fan, you can't possibly enjoy a Twilight fanvid. A very common variety of fanvids is the FanFiction.
VIDEO TRIBUTE is a generic term to name an audiovisual work that pays homage (shows gratitude, respect, admiration, even love) to something, in this case a film, a tv show, a director, a performer, a genre, etc.
And MOVIE MONTAGE is the object of this blog. "Montage" is the process, technique and product of selecting, piecing and editing together separate sections of audiovisual material to form a continuous whole. So everything we've seen before could fit in this definition but, as a movie montage editor myself, I like defining it with a little more precision, from a more personal perspective. I've asked a couple of fellow editors how they understand a "movie montage", to help explain what I mean.
My friend somersetVII, an excellent editor with a special talent to portray his point of view, his great love for films, defines it like this: "It's a way for film lovers to take what they're passionate about and have continued appreciation by manipulating the material. Whatever way you package it, you're trying to pay homage to someone else's work. At the end of the day, my goal is not to make them for anyone but myself". His definition confirms the way I see his work, he edits using both his brains and his heart, and it's undeniable how personal and special his videos are. His editing flows in a very natural, instinctive, musical way, and he gets the highest video quality I've seen on Youtube. Oh, and his music choices are often brilliant. Here is an example:
My husband, a video editor too, known as Brutzelpretzel around the net, wrote this for me: "A movie montage is a compilation of movie moments related to a particular theme (a film, a character, a technique, a genre, a director...), portraying an idea around that theme (its characteristics, for example, or what it means to the editor) and edited as a short audiovisual piece. A good movie montage, for me, has a clear idea behind it, follows some sort of narrative line so it doesn't feel repetitive, and its final purpose is not just showing the editor's skills". For my man, it's all about knowing what you wanna say with the montage and being honest about it: