The Matrix

Editing pattern – Reverse cut on the look

So far, we have studied the cut on the look for all it’s worth. But equally important is the ‘reverse cut on the lookediting pattern. Cutting from the looking character to what is grabbing his attention is merely done in reverse: The ‘what’ is displayed just before we see the character looking at it Continue reading

Editing pattern – Three ways to cut on the look and back (Part 1)

Cutting on the look from a looking character to whatever-is-drawing-his-attention is great, but the story doesn’t end there. Once we have figured out the situation, we (very) often want to cut back to the character and see him reacting. 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

Scaling up – Have subjects come to the foreground (Part 2)

In part 1, we ran into the descriptive power of characters coming to the foreground. We will now investigate the emotional aspect of this technique with characters coming close to the camera Continue reading

Focus – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 1)

In many ways, ‘focus blur’ is very similar to the concept of ‘translucent overlay’, which is why it shows up now. If you think about it, there are few differences between subjects that are out of focus and Continue reading

Subframes – Replicas (Part 1)

Using multiple subframes to duplicate characters on the screen always conveys a strange feeling. For a fraction of a second, the audience remains bewildered at what they see. In reaction, they start to search replicas to find relevant information. Knowing when to trigger this reaction Continue reading

Subframes – Discs

A disc-shaped ‘box’ is a special kind of subframe. For one thing, its roundness fights the squareness of the screen. Besides, its center acts as a magnet for the eye, which doesn’t mean that the action must take place smack bang in the middle of the disc, as we will see in this article. Continue reading