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    Cool Pacing and Timing

    When talking on a movie, reviews often talk about its timing and pacing, but sometimes I don't quite understand what's timing and pacing; sometimes it seems to mean the same but sometimes not.

    Please, can you tell me the difference?

    Thanks a lot


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    Re: Pacing and Timing

    Very apropos as I have just come from a community theater production of Carousel that could have used improvements in both.

    In my amateur experience, pacing, or pace, would be the overall speed of the show. I enjoyed the musical numbers, but the dialogue scenes dragged; the director could have improved the pacing. Timing refers to the delivery of individual lines. The actor who played Enoch Snow had great comic timing; his delivery of the famous punch line, "Boston cream pie!" brought down the house. Timing is especially important in comedy. Bob Hope and Jack Benny are two comedians whose timing was legendary.

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    Cool Re: Pacing and Timing

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Very apropos as I have just come from a community theater production of Carousel that could have used improvements in both.

    In my amateur experience, pacing, or pace, would be the overall speed of the show. I enjoyed the musical numbers, but the dialogue scenes dragged; the director could have improved the pacing. Timing refers to the delivery of individual lines. The actor who played Enoch Snow had great comic timing; his delivery of the famous punch line, "Boston cream pie!" brought down the house. Timing is especially important in comedy. Bob Hope and Jack Benny are two comedians whose timing was legendary.
    Thank You for your helpful answer


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    Re: Pacing and Timing

    My pleasure.

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