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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 35

EDITING REFINEMENTS AND STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS

 

 

Long and complex films present two main kinds of problem in editing. One is the familiar task of achieving integrity and flow in individual sequences, and the other is the more intangible difficulty of getting the film’s architecture right. This matters because it is the support structure upholding the audience through a mass of related issues, and it should lead to a rewarding conclusion. Let’s first explore some analogues illustrating how things work at the scene level.

EDITING RHYTHMS: AN ANALOGY IN MUSIC

If we imagine an edited conversation between child and grandparent, music makes a helpful analogy. We have two different but interlocked rhythms going: the rhythmic pattern of their ...

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