US gun documentary admits using the editing trick you know everyone’s using

‘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.

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