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Out of Order: Storytelling Techniques for Video and Cinema Editors by Ross Hockrow

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Chapter 3. Ordering Clips and Scenes

The ordering of clips is an interesting phenomenon. At times, the order in which you arrange shots and scenes is obvious or dictated for you. At other times, what seems like an obvious order can change while you’re in the middle of editing. This has to do with story translation. Story translation is what happens when the words on paper get turned into film clips and the clips are arranged into the final film. Each time the story goes to a different medium, a translation happens. Sometimes, things get lost in translation and have to be presented in a different way to get the story across in the clearest way possible.

This chapter explores the little details that make up the narrative perspective (the point ...

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