Cineliteracy(transitions)

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Cineliteracy(transitions)

  1. 1. Transitions The Punctuation of Film-MakingThe Punctuation of Film-Making
  2. 2. Transitions  The selection of transitions between shots is an important aspect of continuity editing, which is designed to create the illusion of continuous time and space in relation to a sequence of on-screen events.  Continuity editing involves suturing (stitching or connecting) together different shots into a sequence, in order to determine the order of screen events.  Different transitions, such as the cut, fade, dissolve, and wipe, imply particular changes in space (location) or time (between on-screen events). They need to be used cautiously and carefully, as they are metaphorically a form of on-screen punctuation. Thus, they should not be inserted ; randomly . . . just because your / editing software / makes them available!!!!
  3. 3.  Cut  A cut in some sense is the absence of a transition. It involves literally switching from one shot to the next. It implies almost undetectable, incremental shifts in space and time.  They act like commas “,”. Transitions: Cut
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  8. 8. Transitions: Fade  Fade  Usually used at the beginning (fade in from black) or end (fade out to black) of a scene, to indicate a long gap in time between scenes, or a character’s loss of consciousness.  They are the equivalent of writing dot, dot, dot . . .
  9. 9. Transitions: Fade
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  13. 13. Transitions: Dissolve  Dissolves  Two images are momentarily superimposed. Indicates a significant shift in scene. The longer the dissolve takes, the greater time is suggested to have elapsed between scenes.  Perhaps they are most like colons “:” and semi-colons “;”.
  14. 14. Transitions: Dissolve
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  18. 18. Transitions: Wipe  Wipes  Flashy transitions that draw attention to the constructed nature of the text because there is a visible line on screen between one shot and the next, as one shot appears to push another shot out of the way. Usually used in quirky films to contribute to a non-realist sensibility.  Some wipes act like exclamation marks!!Some wipes act like exclamation marks!!
  19. 19. Transitions: Wipe
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