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Practical DV Filmmaking, 2nd Edition by Russell Evans

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8 Post-production aesthetics

 

1. Editing aesthetics: editing for genre

In the style of editing we are going to take a look at here, it will seem like there are more rules, more restrictions and less room for manoeuvre than in any other kind of editing. But stay with it. It is also the kind of editing that requires more subtle skills and because of its challenges leaves you a better filmmaker than before. In what we can call ‘genre editing’, we are going to leave no trace at all of our movements. Every trick, device and sleight of hand must quickly be hidden so that the audience have no indication at all of the craft you are practising.

What is genre editing?

This kind of editing is more often called ‘continuity editing’, and refers to the kind ...

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