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The Cut.

The cut is the simplest "transition" between shots. But using it demands continuity. Notice that the"cuts" between shots in the movie clip below take place precisely on the action. The result: an illusion of continuity of action is constructed in space and time.

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Tape no.

4

In

04:20:35

Out

 04:20:41

Notes

Tilt down from sky to van

4

04:21:37

04:21:41

Med. Shot, scientist pulling balloon from truck, starting to inflate it

4

04:23:08

04:23:10

Close up- valve being turned (watch out for hissing sound keep it moderate)

4

04:21-54

04:22:08

Medium shot, still inflating balloon

Click on picture to right for movie of "the cut"

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Remember, your audience has probably never seen your movie before. They may need help to interpret what they supposed to be seeing. So it's important to build up your shots, so that the viewer can relate each shot to the previous one and the shot that follows. The longer your piece, the more important this principle becomes, that's if you want the movie to "flow" as a story.

 In turn, building such continuity requires that when you're on location, you shoot as much as possible with editing in mind.

 On the other hand, it's difficult to ensure complete continuity when you shoot. Also, in some circumstances, you'll want a longer transition between shots or sequences of shots. Like a dissolve.

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