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Art should conceal art - each and every cut should be quite invisible One of the most basic rules of video and film editingthe above statement holds true for most circumstances Since the cut simulates the way our eyes see things in a series of blinks it is by far the most common editing device in any video or film What then is invisible cutting It occurs when editing procedures are so well-formed that the viewer is unaware of a cut having taken place Invisible editing is a basic rule in continuity editing Realism is the genre followed by this editing style which seeks to advance action and convey literal meaning As this style emulates real life and the way our eyes sees things the cut is the most common transition device employed by editors to advance the story Realism also means that the editor has to ensure temporaltime and spatialspace continuance between scenes and invisible edits between shots This means that one cannot show a sequence of for example a man wearing a red jersey moving from left to right playing soccer on a field in the early morning on the shot and cutting to him wearing a blue jersey moving from right to left at night on the next shot Both the time and space have changed without a proper explanation and thus the illusion of reality is broken Invisible editingand cutting is most important in action sequences because the audience is psychologically intent on the moving images that a cut in the film if unobtrusive is unnoticed To ensure that there is a realistic progression of action in a continuity edit the continuity approach uses a set of rules that aim to hide rather than emphasize the cut However the most important rule that lies behind all the rest of the guidelines is the fact that cuts should be motivated either visually through action or the visual line or
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