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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Breaking Down Rushes

 

You now have an exact note of what the reels of picture rushes contain. You also have the camera sheets to guide you, and a script or an assembly order from the film director. Now you can start to cut.

Separating scenes and takes

The first thing to do is to break down the rushes into individual scenes. Very few films are shot in the order in which the shots occur in the finished film and film shots are frequently photographed many times. Shots are often re-taken for artistic reasons. The director may not be happy with the way a scene has been played or with the action. Sometimes there are technical problems. The cameraman may make a mistake or aircraft passing overhead or other extraneous sounds may spoil a sound recording. ...

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