Dissolve Film Transition

The dissolve allows the editor to play with time. If you were editing a story that involved a flashback, you could dissolve from the last shot of the present time to the first shot of the events from the past. Also, the dissolve is often used to create a montage of many different images that condenses events over time; for example, a day at the amusement park is shown through ten shots that dissolve from one to the next, the whole sequence lasting only thirty seconds of screen time. Usually such special treatments of visual material are planned by the filmmakers from the outset of the project, but editors should feel free to experiment with dissolving time if they find certain scenes to be too long.