Editing is the essence of all storytelling. The ancient storyteller edited the story by selecting words, sentences, pauses, accents, images, and specific tricks of the trade, by deciding how to put them together to achieve the greatest impact. Writers and painters have been, in practice, doing the same thing—selecting elements and deciding on the ways they will be put together. However, in the twentieth century, with the emergence of a new form of artistic expression, with the birth of film, the assembling of basic storytelling items—individual shots in this case—became so important that it got a title and became one of the most important elements of the art of moviemaking. Editing—a “montage of attractions” as the famous ...
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