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Chapter 6. Editing > The Art of Editing

The Art of Editing

The art of editing could take years and a whole career to master. Great editors are not only skilled at moving the bits around and determining whether or not certain cuts will work (before they even do them), but they are also well attuned to the fine details of image and fraction-of-a-second motion. A good editor will carefully watch a single cut over and over, just to get a feeling for how the shots move together. This may be more than you want to do just yet.

Cutting on action

When a shot is just sitting there—the subject is still, nothing is happening—it's easy to cut to the next scene pretty much any time you feel it is right. But what about when things are in motion? Just like magicians, editors use misdirection to sneak edits in so you don't notice. Hard to believe? Some people I've talked with don't even realize that the TV shows they watch have edits in them at all.


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