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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Matching Your Shots in a Scene

The individual shots you create on set will not live in a void and they will not, most likely, stand alone as independent motion images. In the end, they will work with one another, intercut with one another, so that an entire visual story is told. The shots cut together to make a scene, the scenes cut together to make an ACT, and the acts cut together to make an entire motion picture. Production can span days, weeks, or months of real time, but the resulting images, when edited together, need to appear as though they were all captured at the same exact time with fluid movement and matching actions. Consistency is therefore very important and we have a few ways to help stay aware of the potential glitches (Figure ...

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