Special effects are just a tool, a means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as an end to themselves.
Video editing is about refinement. Images and sound are acquired to document an event or to illustrate a story outlined by a script, but the final message is changed and enhanced substantially by the choices made in the edit room.
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