The Shining

Editing pattern – Alternate scale-ups (Part 1)

Successive (nested) cut-ins can make up a stunning editing pattern, but how about other scale-up techniques? In this page, we will see that alternating shots of characters moving towards the camera, as well as alternating zoom-ins Continue reading

Scaling up – Zoom in (Part 2)

With all the pinpointing and focusing of zoom-ins we came across in part 1, it almost seems that we have forgotten about the emotional aspect of magnifying subjects on screen. 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 – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 2)

In part 2, we will take advantage of relatively shallow depths of field to reveal, browse and reinforce subjects. We will also see how prefocusing can make the audience expect characters to enter the frame. Continue reading

Dynamic occlusion – Intruders (Part 2)

‘Intruders’ have not yet finished jumping right at our faces to obliterate what stands behind. Part 1 has been dedicated to human characters only. We will now expand dynamic sightline occlusion to multiple characters and Continue reading

Subframes – Mirrors

Using mirrors and other reflective surfaces as subframes adds a disorientating effect to a shot, for they provide an indirect (and inverted) view of reflected characters. The audience watches a part of the set where characters can’t be standing Continue reading