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Maintaining Continuity > Maintaining Continuity - Pg. 265

Try to be invisible These days, an expertly edited movie is one where the audience isn't even aware of the editing. This principle has wide-ranging ramifcations. For example, the desire to avoid making the editing noticeable is why the simple cut is by far the most common joint between flm clips. Using, say, the Circle Opening transition between alternate lines of the vows at somebody's wedding would hardly qualify as invisible editing. Within a single scene, use simple cuts and no transitions. Try to create the effect of seamless real time, making the audience feel as though it's witnessing the scene in its entirety, from beginning to end. This kind of editing is more likely to make your viewers less aware that they're watching a movie. Develop a shot rhythm Every movie has an editing rhythm that's established by the lengths of the shots in it. The prevailing rhythm of Dances with Wolves, for example, is extremely different from that of Natural Born Killers. Every scene in a movie has its own rhythm, too. As a general rule, linger less on closeup shots, but give more time to establishing and wide shots. (After all, in an establishing shot, there are many more elements for the The Power of Editing