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Production Practices

“Cutting has sometimes become too frenetic. It is important to let the action in the frame tell the story instead of fast cutting.”

John Nienaber, Producer

Terms

Action line/axis of action line/eye line: The imaginary line along the direction of the action in the scene. Cameras should shoot from only one side of this line.

Crash start: Takes us straight into the program, which appears to have begun already: An automobile screams to a stop outside a store, a figure throws a bomb that explodes, an alarm bell shrills, a police siren wails—the show has begun and titles roll over the chasing vehicles.

Cutaway shot: These ...

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