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Shooting for editing

Invisible stitching

The nineteenth-century painter Whistler suggested that a work of art can be said to be finished when all traces of its construction are eliminated. Film and television productions are often much more of a craft than an art but editing is one skill where this observation seems most apt.

The skills and craft employed by the film/video editor to stitch together a sequence of separate shots persuades the audience that they are watching a continuous event. They are unaware of the hundreds of subtle decisions that have been made during the course of the production. The action flows from shot to shot and appears natural and obvious. The editing skills and techniques that have achieved this are rendered ...

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