The Secret Lives of Supercutters
Why people spend so many hours stitching footage into YouTube collages.
From Slate comes this terrific article on the makers of ‘supercuts’. Excerpt:
Since the beginning of time, humans have reshaped the creative works we encounter. Oral tradition invited storytellers to embellish existing narratives. Sheet music was powerless to prevent the parlor pianist’s reinterpretation. In the ’70s and ’80s, turntable jockeys led a sampling explosion. And today, of course, we have the “supercut.”
As YouTube crawlers well know, the supercut strings together rapid-fire, out-of-context movie or TV scenes to create a sort of video essay. What motivates the supercutter to slog through hours of footage to compile these minute observations? And what distinguishes the masters of the form?
Read the full article, with loads of inspiring anecdotes and examples.