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Episode 05: Editing

The Language of Film explained

Editing lies at the heart of film storytelling. It chooses and orders the shots that we see and assembles everything together as a whole, sets up questions, makes connections, develops visual symbolism, presents arguments and generates meaning. Through editing, the film is structured and given shape.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • The different functions of editing
  • The various types of transitions used in editing, and what they say in the story
  • How shots and sequences are put together like sentences and punctuation of a written text