The War of the Worlds

Editing – Alternatives to the ‘cut on the look’ (Part 2)

Moving the camera or characters is not the only alternative to cutting on the look. There are plenty of other creative ways to draw the audience’s attention from the looking character to what he is looking at — and vice versa — in one shot, without the need to cut, Continue reading

Alternating truck-ins and truck-outs

It might seem counterintuitive to truck in then truck out (or vice versa) in the same shot, or series of shots. But like zoom-ins and zoom-outs, truck-ins and truck-outs have a whole range of meanings Continue reading

Scaling up – Truck in (Part 2)

In this page, we will see how truck-ins can be used to depict characters’ emotions and mental activity. As before, in order to let you compare the differences between truck-ins and zoom-ins, both articles share the same structure. Continue reading

Introduction to editing – The sequence shot

Before we begin a journey in editland, let’s take some time to think about the need to cut and stitch shots together. Indeed, some scenes don’t have a use for cuts: sequence shots. A sequence shot is Continue reading

Dynamic occlusion – Opening

In Lens flares – In motion, we came across a classic use of lens flares ‘opening’ a shot to introduce a character. Let’s expand that to other types of occluders in order to clear up a confusing state or situation, to scare the audience or Continue reading

Dynamic occlusion – Intruders (Part 1)

They cross your sightline and they’re here to stay! ‘Intruders’ are objects or characters who enter the frame and interpose themselves between other characters and the audience to gain ascendancy over both, Continue reading

Subframes – Screens

TV or computer screens acting as subframes — let’s call them ‘subscreens’ — are usually meant to display minified or magnified representations of characters in a frame. Like mirrors, they put distance between Continue reading