Providing Cutting Points For The Editor

It is the job of the editor to lead an audience through the unravelling of events and to create a story. To do this, he needs to put the shots you've filmed together to create an interpretation of what's happened. Editing the footage will be much easier and quicker when you create places in your footage where the editor can make cuts.

Let your subject leave the frame

Demonstrated in most holiday home movies, you can see that the cameraman keeps following his subject endlessly, and he doesn't really know when to end the shot. You can see that when the subject almost reaches the edge of the frame, the cameraman starts moving the camera to keep him or her in the shot. You should learn to resist the urge to follow the action all the time.

When you see that your subject is about to reach the edge of the frame, decide if you are going to follow it, or if you are going to let your subject leave the shot to provide a cutting point.

If you are following a person or a moving vehicle for example, stop following your subject after about 10 seconds. Remember that it is a good habit to plan the end point of your shot, because you will end with only the background. The editor can cut from an empty frame to almost any shot and maintain visual continuity.

Avoid jump cuts

If the editor needs to cut out part of an interview, for example when the answer of the interviewee is too long, he will need a cutaway shot in order not to make jump cuts. In your additional footage, make sure you include cutaways of essential objects. Make sure that these cutaway shots are sufficiently different in angle and size.

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