Montage - a sequence of cross-faded 'segments'
Definition of montage in the radio play
Montage in the radio play is a sequence of cross-faded 'segments', sometimes mixed together over non-diegetic music. Rarely, the segments are directly cut, one to another.
The montage is sometimes placed as the opening hook of the play. More often, it comes at the mounting climax of the narrative, as a prelude to a decisive finale scene.
Use the Storyboard to work on the detail of the montage.
Definition of montage in film
Reisz-Millar 112 - "A montage is a string of rapidly following shots, in film. The aim of the montage sequence is to convey a series of facts which together will convey a state of transition, individual shot juxtapositions become unimportant - even misleading - and are largely ironed out by the use of dissolves.
A montage may show a train journey or 'the country-wide effect of the General Strike'. Standard images of montage include - falling leaves, calendars, train-wheels - all worn clichés now. These are details essential to the story but not deserving full treatment.
Music will give a continuity.
The sudden switch from naturalistic narrative to montage was common in war films. A montage showed an advance of troops, a mass landing. The continuity-link montage fell into disfavour in the fifties."
Discussion of montage in the radio play
Use of the montage is not frequent and directors may reject it on the grounds it would give a dated feel to the production. This is because of the association of montage with war films, and with earlier decades, to the 1950s. It can be used to site a play in these decades.
A montage mix is sometimes used in a 'nightmare' scene, where the protagonist recalls decisive segments of crucial past events. In the narrative construction, it can serve as a 'hinge' scene before a decisive encounter.
Examples of radio montage
Nick Enright, 'Watching over Israel' 7/1/91 MN 1'30"
A montage to mark the end of the exposition, early in the play.
The opening sequence is an exciting montage of a rower in a boat approaching the fishing pier, Irish village chapel bells, and the shock in the village population.
'Under Milk Wood'
Assignments for the radio montage
Collect further examples.
Write a radio montage for a thriller.
Ditto for a 'nightmare'.
Ditto for an opening sequence.
CONTINUING THROUGH THE SITE:
Production issues in detail
atmos and soundscapes double frame - triple frame clustering underscoring music - fighting the dialogue
'Will you turn that music down!'
18-second rule drop-ins sound pictures memorability number the scenes carefully with a system voice in the mind = interiorizing time-space rule or jump cut