The Cutting Edge notes

Shot Transitions

  • cut
  • dissolve
  • wipe
  • fade in/fade out
  • iris in/out


  • narrative sequencing – conveys cause and effect logic of the plot
  • condensing and expanding time (montage sequence)
  • suggesting the simultaneity of events (parallel editing, or cross-cutting)
  • arranging the order of events (flashbacks, flash forwards, and dream sequences)

Editing and Space

  • the standard shot pattern (establishing shot to closer shots)
  • shot/reverse shot
  • eyeline match
  • cutaways

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