Two Sides of the Same Screen
In our latest installment of SFX Secrets, we investigate the transformative nature of dividing the screen, as well as viewers' attention.
Pure cinema is visual storytelling without words. Two different images onscreen at once can be a substitute for one image with sound, or another way of conveying parallel action in a film — rather than breaking it up into separate shots, it shows two perspectives at the same time. Split screens are not as fashionable in contemporary film as they once were, yet there is still a case to be made that they are a form of art in their own right. This video examines several examples of split screen throughout movie history, and then converts and iconic movie clip to a split screen as an experiment to explore the technique’s visual aesthetics.