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Editing and Montage in International Film and Video by Luís Fernando Morales Morante

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4CUTS, TRANSITIONS AND AUDIOVISUAL GRAMMAR

 

 

WHEN TO CUT

The characteristics that differentiate the shots selected and assembled during editing should be significant enough in terms of size, angle and position so that the viewer realizes that they correspond to changes in camera position. In this way the edited shots will appear natural, continuous and free of disruptions generated by joining similar shots. A minimum variation between contiguous shots creates what is termed a jump, which breaks the illusion of reality. For Ernest Lindgren, changes in shots reproduce the mental processes in which images succeed each other as our attention focuses on one detail or another. Assuming the filmic experience reproduces movement, then what we ...

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