Magazine article Variety

Proper Pacing Is the Stuff of Storytelling

Magazine article Variety

Proper Pacing Is the Stuff of Storytelling

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EDITORS CONTROL a story's pace. Their ultimate goal is to entice us to go along without realizing we've been manipulated by someone behind the curtain.

With comedies or shows that rely heavily on music - think ABC's "Modern Family? Netflix's "Master of None" and Fox's "Empire" - editors determine the comedic timing and musical pace.

On "Family" and "None," comedy is given room to breathe and the pacing relies on the subtext in much of the dialogue.

In "Empire," much of the drama is told through songs and the way the show's characters relate to the songs and music. For editor Raul Davalos, that guides his work.

"I try to make each episode like a movie? says Davalos.

"The music and stories are very strong and we want people to feel like they've been through something so big it feels theatrical."

In the case of Syfy's reality competition series "Face Off" and Discovery doc "Sherpa," editors handled the emotions and actions of real characters - makeup artist contestants in the former, and guides looking to secure their livelihood on Mount Everest in the latter. …

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