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Grammar of the Edit, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Chapter Three

When to Cut and Why?

QUESTION: Is there ever a right way or a wrong way to make an edit?

ANSWER: Yes and no.

Editing a motion picture is more than just assembling a bunch of shots one after the other. It involves the creative placement of various picture and sound elements such that when the entire package is viewed by an audience it is able to impart information, entertain, or inspire. This last statement really highlights a fundamental aspect of any motion picture (whether it is a feature film, a TV commercial, a situation comedy, a music video, etc.). The main purpose behind any edited project is for it to be shown to an audience. So as an editor, you are tasked with crafting an experience that will impact a viewer in whatever ...

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