Hard Editing Concepts



Consistency when working with a cutaway


Whatever establishing shot you choose, make sure that that’s the shot you return to when you cut back



A – who is the subject?

B – what are they seeing?

A – how do they feel about it?


It’s like music, rhythmic subconscious musical balance of advancing the story


Continuation of camera movement

If you are moving from moving shot, then not to a static shot


Wait until the camera has completed its move to change to another static shot


BUT Scene transitions often switch from moving to static shots

And vice versa



Keep track of character’s wants and needs


Dolly shot zooming in on character gets audience to pay attention (and lean forward in their chair)



Jumping the line – breaking the 180° rule


i.e. line of Eye contact between characters


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