Lesson 7

Editing Forms

The moment of the edit, where one shot changes into another, is dictated by rhythm—sometimes by an internal rhythm the visuals present, sometimes by a musical track, more often than nor. by the rhythm of language. All language, dialog or narration, has a rhythm, a cadence or pattern, dictated by the words and based on grammar. Grammar marks language with punctuation; commas are shore pauses; semicolons are slightly longer pauses; periods are the end of an idea. The new sentence begins a new idea, a new thought, and it is natural that as the new thought begins, a new image is introduced to illustrate that idea. The shot ...

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