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The seven rules of cutting

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Edward Dmytryk

1. Never make a cut without a positive reason.
2. When undecided about the exact frame to cut on, cut long rather than short.
3. Whenever possible, cut “in movement.”
4. The “fresh” is preferable to the “stale.”
5. All scenes should begin and end with continuing action.
6. Cut for proper values rather than proper “matches.”
7. Substance first—then form.

Edward Dmytryk, On Film Editing

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August 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

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