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Chapter Five. Basic Editing > If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

If I haven't made it clear by now that editing is a very complex task, let me state that fact explicitly here. When you sit down at the editing console, you have to bear in mind all of the rules and ideas presented in the earlier chapters—more or less simultaneously. For every shot you look at, you must pay close attention to the visual content, the audio content, the emotional and thematic content, and the compositional characteristics. What's worse, you must be acutely aware of all these things not just for one clip but for two clips: the ones on both sides of each edit point.

Is your brain tired yet? Sorry, there's more. Don't forget to think about the impact of the juxtaposition of the two images and tracks. For continuity cuts you must be aware of the three-dimensional space and time within the frame and how the two images maintain or destroy their seeming reality. Remember to maintain screen direction, continuity of motion and action within the frame, and... The list goes on and on.


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