Editing as Punctuation: How ‘Punctuation Marks’ in Film Have Innovated Storytelling

«The whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.» — Orson Welles

Eloquence? How can editing be eloquent? Well, maybe Welles, like many before and after him, understood that editing, like speech and writing, communicates. It contains its own unique language in the form of cuts and transitions that have the ability to introduce new information and ideas.

Editing speaks.

In this phenomenally insightful video essay, Max Tohline takes a hard look at editing through a very unconventional and brilliant metaphor inspired by a Kathryn Schultz article in Vulture: editing as punctuation. It may change the way you look at editing from here on out.

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