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Chapter Three. Editing Patterns > Cutting for Comedy

Cutting for Comedy

You can cut an action scene many different ways, and the same shots can create tension or comedy depending on how you arrange them. Certain editors have a knack for comic timing; others are better suited to drama or action.

Create Laughter With Surprise

One of the main elements that makes comedy funny is surprise. You can create surprise in the editing room by setting up expectations and then breaking them—another way of manipulating cause and effect.


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