Underworld

Repetition – Repetitive actions

Repetitive actions are very conducive to comparing progressions and hammering home all sorts of messages. Besides, very short, non-repetitive actions can be made repetitive without the audience noticing, to make them more stunning. Continue reading

Editing – Alternatives to the ‘cut on the look’ (Part 1)

The problem with the regular and reverse cut on the look is that they are so much ubiquitous in movies that they tend to get predictable and repetitive after a while. Sometimes, we need to be more creative to add variety in our shots and keep our story interesting. Continue reading

Editing pattern – Cut on the look (Part 3)

Although the cut on the look — either objective or subjective — is already a very efficient technique as such, it is still possible to increase its effect with simple tricks. Let’s ‘look-what‘ we’ve got here. Continue reading

Editing – The 180-degree rule (Part 1)

The 180-degree rule is another very important film editing guideline that ensures spatial consistency on screen. By disallowing the camera to cross the action plane, the shots of a scene look consistent regardless of the way they are edited, which makes it much easier for the audience to Continue reading

Editing – The parallel-axis cut

If ‘taking a closer look’ is often associated with cut-ins, then ‘closely examining’ is the realm of parallel-axis cuts. Presented in succession, shots of different parts of a subject sharing the same viewing axis Continue reading

Alternating cut-ins and cut-outs

Cut-ins and cut-outs are definitely not limited to one-shot effects. Alternating cut-ins and cut-outs — like alternating zoom-ins and zoom-outs or alternating truck-ins and truck-outs — lend themselves very well to designing long series of shots — even entire scenes Continue reading

Scaling down – Cut out (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how cut-outs could be used to reveal context and action, but what about exposing characters? How about creating space to unbalance the frame so that we expect a subject to show up and fill the void? Continue reading

Scaling down – Truck out (Part 2)

And now for the emotional and design effects of truck-outs. In part 2, we will see how scaling characters down by trucking out can tell us about their minds and feelings, as well as disconnect them from the audience Continue reading

Editing pattern – Nested cut-ins (Part 2)

When action is static and the pace of nested cut-ins quick enough, the editing pattern I call the Russian doll effect really shows off its strength. Even zoom-ins or truck-ins can be edited to look like regular nested cut-ins. Continue reading