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I'll be watching newsreel more carefully in future

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I'll be watching newsreel more carefully in future

Postby ruggie » Tue 16 Feb 2010 16:02 GMT

I realise that all newsreel & documentary video is edited to follow the bias of the publisher, but now I'll be able to spot some of the techniques:

The term "B-roll" is now limited to secondary footage that adds meaning to a sequence or disguises the elimination of unwanted content. This technique of using the cutaway is common to hide zooms in documentary films: the visuals may cut away to B roll footage of what the person is talking about while the A camera zooms in, then cut back after the zoom is complete. The cutaway to B roll footage can also be used to hide verbal or physical tics that the editor and/or director finds distracting: with the audio separate from the video, the filmmakers are free to excise "uh"s, sniffs, coughs, and so forth. Similarly, a contextually irrelevant part of a sentence or anecdote can be removed to construct a more effective, succinct delivery. This can also be used to change the meaning of the speaker to fit the view of the producer.


From a Wikepedia article. The italics are mine.
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