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Chapter Two. Film Language > Rules of Film Grammar

Rules of Film Grammar

Now that we've gone over the basic elements (nouns, verbs, punctuation) that make up the language of film, I'd like to take you through a few rules and general guidelines governing how editors use them. This is essentially the grammar of film language.

While the language is still growing and evolving, quite a few of the basic rules have remained surprisingly consistent over the years. In most cases, these rules are aimed at maintaining the invisibility of the edit. If you break them, you will create jump cuts or other violations of the invisible edit that will bounce your viewer out of the story you're telling and change her point of focus so she's watching the filmmaking process itself.


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