Intentional Observation: Attention spans reflected in movie edits?

Interesting thoughts on how impatient we are from Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed blog:

    “There are stories making the rounds about people becoming nauseated while watching the popular new movie The Bourne Ultimatum. Not because they [sic] movie is so bad, but because the shot lengths are so short, averaging (apparently) something like two seconds. In some people that sort of thing — alongside fast camera moves — seemingly induces vomiting. Fascinating.

    That, however, got me thinking. Many people, myself included, think movie shot lengths are getting shorter and edits closer together. It is, to one way of thinking, a reflection of our collective attention deficit disorder, our inability to stay focused on any one thing for a more than a couple of seconds. (Still with me? I’m kidding.)

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I’ve thought this about movies for the last year or so. The jittery result of such short scenes really bugged me in certain films, although I can’t remember which films off the top of my head.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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