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Chapter 6. Editing > Re-editing and Versions

Re-editing and Versions

It is often said that the secret to good editing is re-editing. Allow yourself time to get some distance from your project, then take a sharp (electronic) razor blade and cut out material that slows it down or detracts from the flow. Just as you do when you're writing, first get the basic structure down without worrying about how long it is, and then tighten it up later.

Re-editing does not always mean making everything shorter. Sometimes it means adding things back in that you took out, or finding a new shot that will solve a visual problem in the video. (For example: How do I get Jonah from the sofa to the doorway? Do I have a shot of him that looks like he's moving in that direction?)


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