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

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Chapter 4. Pacing: Timing and Types of Cuts

One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. By now, maybe you skipped most of that because you couldn’t imagine the purpose of it or you thought it must be some kind of mistake. Or, maybe you trusted the book enough to read each number, which allowed a rhythmic pattern to enter your head. The repetition forces you to stop reading and start recognizing the shape of the words. It’s similar to speed-reading. Your mind forms a flow, and after a few counts you begin to say the phrase, “one, two, three, four,” the same way each time.

Mastering pacing is something you should strive for.

Once the flow is formed, it’s ...

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