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Split Screen in the Age of Digital Comics

by Erik Loyer

Ivan Reitman’s 2014 film Draft Day takes an approach to split screen that could be said to be influenced by digital comics. The transitions between panels in the film almost feel momentum-scrolled, as if they exist side by side in a cinematic version of Scott McCloud's infinite canvas. One almost gets the sense that it's possible to reach out and swipe back to the previous panel.

Montage of split screen sequences from Draft Day

These three excerpts from Draft Day demonstrate the use of smoothly moving "panels" and overlapping elements typical of the film's approach to spatial montage.

from Draft Day (2014)
Creator: Ivan Reitman
Distributor: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate
Posted by Erik Loyer