Chapter 10The Theory of Linear Structure

Putting the Story Together

The way your sounds and images get pieced together is key to the effectiveness of your storytelling. Editing might be another word for it, but editing implies that the work is done in the postproduction, or last stage, of the production process. The decision about the structure of your piece—what gets placed in what order and how long it lasts—is a process that permeates all stages of production. Editing implements the structure, but if you don’t think about the final structure until you’re editing, it may be too late to create the piece you want.

Linear structuring is the process of putting things together—one following the other—so that the final product unfolds in a straight ...

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