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Chapter One. The Editor's Job > Style and How to Get It

Style and How to Get It

Style is a pretty abstract thing. I use the word to describe a filmmaker's aesthetic approach to the material. Style explains why one editor might choose to edit rhythmically while another prefers a bumpier cutting style and a third uses a technique like jumpcutting (see the section on jumpcutting in Chapter 2). Style is why one director might select wide-angle lenses for a scene or shoot from a crane. Stylistic issues apply equally to audio, lighting, casting, and the script. Although style may seem subtle and of less concern than the content of your program, it can make the difference between a pretty good program and a great one.

Ask Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, or George Lucas. Style is everything.


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