You don't always have to break a pattern, you can also help create one where there wasn't one. The human brain and visual system is designed around detecting and decoding patterns and changes in patterns, and it is expecting a steady evolution of time in a linear progression of one second per second. So the way we lengthen or shorten shots, and the way we sequence them, cues the mind to interpret the information in a certain way, emphasizing some features, de-emphasizing others.

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