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

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Chapter Four

Transitions and Edit Categories

QUESTION: What makes for an ideal edit?

ANSWER: An edit that serves the story and keeps the audience engaged.

Now that you know what types of shots you will be given to edit, and what factors need to be considered when you wish to make a solid edit from one shot to the next, we should really shed some light on the most common types of transitions that you will use at those edit points you have determined. As mentioned earlier, we will be discussing the cut, the dissolve, the wipe, and the fade. Each one of these four transitions carries with it its own meaning when viewed within a program. Audiences understand these transitions and have certain expectations around their proper, or should we say, ...

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