French new waves films had a casual and natural look due to the location filming. The available light was preffered to studio style lightning and available sound was preffered to expensive studio dubbing. French new wave films had a free editing style and did not confront to the editing rules of Hollywood films. The editing often drew attention to itself by being discontinuous, reminding the audience that they are watching films.
French new wave cinema was a personal cinema. The films were writers who should skilful at examining relationships and telling humane stories.
The nouvelle vague film-makers, being critics, their films incorporated elements of American genres. They also frequently contained reference to particular Hollywood stars or films by American auteurs. It is already starting to become assimilated into a mainstream cinema. The directors meanwhile diverged in style and developed their own distinct cinematic voices.