The Editor's Guide to Visual Grammar

by Paddy Bird on
January 28, 2022

On this week's episode of Once Upon a Timeline we're going to be discussing the essential subject of visual grammar. There's a whole bunch of rules and regulations that we must obey when cutting our sequences and knowing what they are and why they exist is a must for any pro editor.

How are many scenes structured? What are the can and can't do's in visual logic? When and how can we break the rules? These are just some of the editing questions we'll be discussing on this week's show.

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Broken Sleep

Composers: Matthias Ullrich & Raffael Gruber
Publishers: Atmosphere Music
Album: Elysium
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Track 2: A Brighter Future

Composer: Laurent Dury
Publisher: Koka Media
Album: Neo Classical String Quartet
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Track 3: Subsurface

Composers: Ben Nilblett & Jon Cotton
Publisher: Atmosphere Music
Album: Factual Underscores: Evolutions
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Track 4: Tinsel Highway

Composer: Van Zander
Publisher: Sketch Music
Album: Movers and Shakers
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