Chapter FiveWhen to Cut and Why: Factors That Lead to Strong Edits

DOI: 10.4324/9781003257349-5

  • Information

  • Motivation

  • Shot Composition

  • Camera Angle

  • Continuity

  • Sound

Editing a motion picture is more than just assembling a bunch of shots one after the other. The editor is tasked with creatively arranging various picture and sound elements so that the audience who views the finished piece will be moved, entertained, informed, or even inspired. This last statement really highlights a fundamental aspect of any motion media production (whether it is a feature or short film, a commercial, a situation comedy, a corporate video, or a YouTube vlog, etc.). The main purpose behind almost any edited project is for it to be shown to an ...

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