Basic Instinct

Editing pattern – Three ways to cut on the look and back (Part 2)

In part 1, we went over the first two most common ways to cut back to the looking character after a ‘what‘ shot (i.e. using the same or a closer scale). In part 2, we will study editing pattern #3: Cutting to a longer scale shot of the looking character. And we will see how to put all those techniques together Continue reading

Editing pattern – Cut on the look (Part 2)

Cutting on the look to a subjective shot might be the most straightforward answer to the question: “What is that character looking at?”, as we do it through his eyes. Not only do we fully identify with the looking character, but we can also focus on the ‘what‘ without worrying about anything else. Continue reading

Scaling down – Cut out (Part 3)

We have come through the descriptive aspects of cut-outs, let’s now see how they comply with typical emotional reactions of the audience, and how they are commonly used as design effects. Continue reading

Editing pattern – Alternate scale-ups (Part 2)

Now that we have seen the effect of alternating shots of characters moving towards the camera or alternating zoom-ins, let’s study the effect of alternating truck-ins and even combinations of different scale-up techniques Continue reading

Scaling up – Truck in (Part 3)

The emotional meaning of some truck-ins we came across in parts 1 & 2 can be extended in a variety of ways to thrill or scare the audience, sometimes in conspicuous and sophisticated designs. As a reminder, Continue reading

Introduction to editing – Interrupting a shot

They have the look and feel of sequence shots, but are only parts of cut scenes. Whereas sequence shots can slow down or speed up the pace between scenes, sequence-shot-like shots can slow down or speed up the pace within a scene, which is frequently used to Continue reading

Focus – Power and intrusion

After spending some time on focus ability to link and isolate, let’s now consider its empowering and belittling effect on characters, their speech, and how intruders can benefit from coming ‘out of the blur’ and claiming focus. Continue reading

Focus – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 3)

In part 3, we will concentrate on different focus techniques commonly used to lead the eye from one subject to another: inserts, direct cuts, and focus pulling. We will also see that some actions can benefit from remaining out of focus. Continue reading