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Variety of Shots > Variety of Shots - Pg. 269

In action sequences, you might prefer quick cutting, where each clip in your Movie Track is only a second or two long. In softer, more peaceful scenes, longer shots may set the mood more effectively. Establishing shots As noted in Chapter 2, almost every scene of every movie and every TV show--even the nightly news--begins with an establishing shot: a long-range, zoomed-out shot that shows the audience where the action is about to take place. Now that you know something about flm theory, you'll begin to notice how often TV and movie scenes begin with an establishing shot. It gives the audience a feel- ing of being there, and helps them understand the context for the medium shots or closeups that follow. Furthermore, after a long series of closeups, consider showing another wide shot, to remind the audience of where the characters are and what the world around them looks like. As with every flm editing guideline, this one is occasionally worth violating in special circumstances. For example, in comedies, a new scene may begin with a closeup instead of an establishing shot, so that the camera can then pull back to make the establish- ing shot the joke. (For example, closeup on main character looking uncomfortable; camera pulls back and fips over to reveal that we were looking at him upside down Popular Editing Techniques