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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Avoiding Continuity Errors

 

You will sometimes find that two different shots of the same subject cannot be cut together satisfactorily even though they were planned to do so. This is often due to bad direction. There are other reasons too. Consider an example. The cameraman has filmed a footballer scoring a goal. He has concentrated on the man who scores the goal but, just after the ball entered the net, one of the spectators bumped into him and jogged his arm. The rushes show the results — a number of frames of cloud and sky filmed while the cameraman tried to regain his balance. It looks unprofessional and if you simply cut out the frames where the cameraman was jolted the continuity of the sequence will be disturbed. The man will be scoring ...

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