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Chapter Three. Editing Patterns > Working With Narrative Structure

Working With Narrative Structure

While you might think that narrative editing patterns and storytelling techniques are mainly pertinent to fictional feature films, you can apply the same insights and strategies to almost all types of film editing. You will find yourself drawing on storytelling techniques whether you're editing informational corporate communications pieces or educational projects. Basic storytelling is also essential to good documentary filmmaking. In fact, the only place where narrative conventions go out the window is in abstract cinema, which these days is found mainly in advertising, music videos, and experimental art films.

Some of the most frequently used editing patterns and techniques involve dialogue scenes and action sequences. If you can master dialogue editing and the art of the continuity cut in action scenes, you'll find that 80 percent of your editing will be some variation on these techniques.


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