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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Continuity Cutting

 

Where do you cut when making a first assembly? The cutting point in some shots will be made obvious by the need to avoid a repetition of the action — a double take. If, for example, you have to cut together two different shots both showing a man walking down a street you will find that you have to match the action when cutting from shot to shot. You have to note the pace at which the man is walking and the position of his feet at the point where you make your cut. If you mismatch the action the man will appear to take a skip. If you cut at exactly the same point out of one shot and into the other the action will be smooth and the cut will not disturb the continuity of the action. Making cuts like this is basically a matter ...

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