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Chapter 2

FILM 1F94 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Jump Cut, Shot Reverse Shot, Master Shot

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Key Terms
Cutting to continuity: A type of editing in which the shots are arranged to
preserve the uidity of the action without showing all of it.
Establishing shots: Usually an extreme long or long shot o!ered at the
beginning of a scene, providing the viewer with the context of the subsequent
closer shots.
Reestablishing shot: A return if an initial establishing shot within a scene,
acting as a reminder of the physical context of the closer shot.
Reaction shot: A cut to short of a character’s reaction to the contents of the
preceding shot.
Two shot: A meduim shot featuring two actors.
Sequence shot: A single lengthy shot, usually involving complex staging and
camera movements.
Master shot: An uninterrupted shot, usually taken from a long-or full-shot
range, that contains an entire scene. the closer shots are photographed later,
and an edited sequence, composed of a variety of shots, is constructed on
the editor’s bench.
First cut: The initial version of a movie, often constructed by the director and
usually mush longer than the +nal cut.
Final cut: The completed movie as it will be realized to the public.
Cover shots: Extra shots of a scene that can be used to bridge transitions in
case the planned footage fails to edit as planned. Usually long shots that
preserve the overall continuity of a scene.
Shot/ reverse shot: Two or more shots edited together, often depicting a
conversation and using over-the-shoulder composition. one of the basic
techniques of classical cinema.
Reverse angle: A shot taken from an angle of 180 degrees opposed to the
previous shot. that is, the camera is placed opposite its previous position.
Jump cut: An abrupt transition between shots in which the second shot is
taken from an angle only slightly di!erent from that of the +rst so that
characters or objects seem to “jump”. The e!ect can be created by the
removal ( deliberately or accidental) of frames from the middle of a single
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