Steven Soderbergh looks at the staging of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

by Peter D. Marshall

Steven Soderbergh takes “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and lets you look at the scenes with no sound (and in black and white) so you can appreciate the blocking and staging techniques of Steven Spielberg.


I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated.

In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one’s imagination—a crazy idea that works today is tomorrow’s normal.

Read the rest of this post (and see the video) at Extension 765.

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