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Building the Movie > Building the Movie - Pg. 155

the holes. The holes gradually grow until they occupy the entire frame--and presto, you're now in a new scene. (You can use the directional arrows to specify a general direction for the furry of UFH's [unidentifed fying holes].) It's kind of hard to imagine when this transition would feel natural, except perhaps in documentaries about cellular reproduction. Transitions: The iMovie Catalog Circle Closing This effect, called iris close or iris in in professional editing programs, is a holdover from the silent flm days, when, in the days before zoom lenses, directors used the effect to highlight a detail in a scene. It creates an ever-closing circle with the frst clip inside and the second clip outside. It's useful at the end of the movie, when the second clip is solid black and the subject of the frst clip is centered in the frame. In that setup, the movie ends with an ever- shrinking picture that fades away to a little dot. (If the subject in the center waves goodbye just before being blinked out of view, this trick is especially effective.) Circle Opening This effect is much like Circle Closing, except it's been turned inside out. Now the circle grows from the center of the frst clip, with the second clip playing inside it, and