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Despite our careful attempts to prevent this from happening, a number of people who attended a seminar at the Errata film festival on "making your own independent films" left the panel discussion thinking that "montage" is all about magazines. It is not. That would be collage (pronounced CO-lodge), not montage (pronounced mon-TAY-juh). They are similar but distinct concepts. To make a collage, someone, often a child or a night artist, will use blunt scissors to cut pictures out of magazines and affix them to heavy-stock paper. To make a montage, a film editor will do the same thing except with a strip of film and another strip of film. Many young filmmakers are confused about montage because it has been made obsolete by digital tools, but even if you don't use it yourself, it's still very important to understand the technical underpinnings of the dead medium so that you can appreciate old movies. Modern wavy-handled scissors that were developed in France in the late 1950s and imported by the U.S. in the mid 1960s defined a generation of filmmakers. You should know this. It explains Resnais and Point Blank and such. We apologize for the confusion and promise that next year we will try to give our panelists an environment where they will not misspeak so much.
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