Today’s editing tip: the last statement.

While editing the interviews for the Colombia Migration Project, I’ve learnt a few simple things about editing. Even when you simply string a bunch of statements together (the simplest form of editing), the last statement in the interview (the one before the closing credits) has a kind of extra, lingering power, just because it’s the last. I guess because that’s when the new stuff stops, it kind of frames everything that came before. The viewer takes that last statement and reviews everything that came before and perhaps that’s when they store it in their memory, I don’t know. In any case, there’s power there. So if you choose that last bit wisely you can give an extra twist or meaning to the interview.

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