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Old February 17 2011, 06:08 AM   #69
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Re: Fan Filmmaker's Primer

Following up on the discussion of the cinematography basics, let's talk about...

An Axial Cut is a type of cut that has been generally out of favor since the silent era, but it's worth knowing about.

Essentially, an Axial Cut changes only the framing (say Medium to CloseUp), and not the angle. As such, Axial Cuts are very prone to the Jump Cut problem, as when jumping in or out along the same axis any difference in the subject's pose or expression or movement is instantly obvious in a way that does not happen when changing the angle. The 30° Rule helps avoid this.

As with any kind of shot there are places you might want to use this, but it's actually more likely something you want to know about mostly in order to avoid it.
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