Cinematography: Understanding Lighting in Film

Apr 10, 2021 ~ 5 mins

Cinematography: Understanding Lighting in Film

Film cuts or cinematic cuts are a quintessential part of film editing in the post-production process. They are used in transitioning from one scene to another and is an integral part in the narrative structure of a film. Let’s take a look at the different cuts used in today’s films.

1. The Content Cut

Definition: Cut to a new shot within a scene only to add new information or carry the story forward. One can see it as a progression of the narrative

Example(s):

Shot 1: Wide shot of the character speaking

Shot 2: Over-the-shoulder shot of the character speaking

Shot 3: Close-up shot of the character speaking

Possible Objectives/Representations:
  • Coverage of conversations
  • Simple and straightforward

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The Film Post Author: Maria Lumabi
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A self-declared film aficionado, Maria is one of the main content creators for The Film Post. Maria’s love affair with films and literature began at a young age when she first saw Star Wars: A New Hope. She believes that films are not only a popular form of entertainment but also a means of telling human history and culture.


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