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Lost: Storytelling with Editing

My best friend Jason looked at me and said, "I see what you mean about telling the story with editing."

We had just finished watching an episode of Lost, and don't worry, I'm not going to give away any spoilers if you're still catching up like we are. I had no idea what part of the show he was referring to, but I was very interested in what he had noticed. Thankfully, he continued without me having to prompt him:

"Every time LaFleur talks about his life here, they cut to Juliette."


And he's absolutely right. I hadn't noticed--the great editor and film guy that I am <cough>--but thinking back I could see it. The filmmakers could have done something else, like cut to his job paraphernalia or a group of his friends listening in or just left the camera on him so we know that he's really taking responsibility for his new position seriously. But no. Instead, the filmmakers wanted to remind us, again and again, that LaFleur and Juliette are an item... and a serious one at that.

Editing is often subtle--or, at least, unobtrusive when it's beating you over the head with a theme. Keep in mind: How you edit your movie can dramatically shift what you tell your audience to think.

 ~Luke Holzmann
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