‘I questioned her and the editor about the pause and was told that a ‘beat’ was added for, as she described it, ‘dramatic effect”
Anyone who has seen more than a handful of reality shows and documentaries is probably familiar with this setup:
– Person A says something to Person B
– *Shot of Person B looking confused* (not necessarily from same part of conversation)
– Person B speaks after a pause, or says nothing at all
It’s an editing technique used to add drama, tension or awkwardness to a situation, and Katie Couric’s recent Under the Gun documentary has been caught out.