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Chapter Two. Film Language

Chapter Two. Film Language

Before you can speak the language of film fluently, you need to understand its rules. What are the nouns? What are the verbs? How about punctuation? How do you combine all these “parts of speech” to construct meaningful sentences?

The metaphor works for film because film is a language, and the editor—even more than the director or cinematographer—must be a poet. The editor must choose the most compressed, economical, and precise forms of expression she can, while conveying a theme through the many different dimensions that this unique medium affords. As in any language, combining sentences creates meaning and carries themes.


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