“If cinema is to take its place beside the others as a full-fledged art form, it must cease merely to record realities that owe nothing of their actual existence to the film instrument. Instead, it must create a total experience so much out of the very nature of the instrument as to be inseparable from its means.” – Maya Deren, Cinematography, p. 72
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Again, we come across the idea that film is not a mere mirror to reality, but a form that allows for creation and alteration of reality through film editing. Those who engage in cinema art must be aware of cinema’s purpose – what differentiates cinema from other forms of art – and utilize that purpose.