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When to Cut > When to Cut - Pg. 266

The Power of Editing people walking to the corner store. If you see her walk out of the frame from left to right in Shot A, you'll see her approach the corner store's doorway from left to right in Shot B. ·Thesound. In an establishing shot, suppose we see hundreds of men in a battle- feld trench, huddled for safety as bullets and bombs fy and explode all around them. Now we cut to a closeup of two of these men talking--but the sounds of the explosions are missing. That's a sound continuity error. The audience is certain to notice that hundreds of soldiers on both sides were issued an immediate cease-fre just as these two guys started talking. ·Thecamerasetup. In scenes of conversations between two people, you may notice that, even when the camera cuts from one person to the other, the degree of zoom, lighting, and positioning in the frame is roughly the same from shot to shot. It would look really bizarre to show one person speaking only in closeup, and his conversation partner flmed in a medium shot. (Unless, of course, the frst person were flmed in extreme closeup--just the lips flling the screen--because the flm- maker is trying to protect his identity.) ·Gestureandmotion. If one shot begins with a character reaching down to pick up