axisAwareness of the axis helps you to make your scenes cut smoothly together. The illustration at the left shows the axis as a red line that intersects a scene with two actors A and B. This particular axis has been established by camera 1 which shows the first shot in this scene. Notice that the the axis is perpendicular to the position of camera 1 at the end of its shot. Actor A is Looking camera right and actor B is looking camera left. Camera positions 2 and 3 are on the same side of the axis as camera position 1 in order to maintain the direction each actor is facing in their close-ups.

It is important to avoid cutting to a camera positioned in the grey zone, but it is possible to cross the axis if you move your camera while recording your shot. This establishes a new axis which requires the same attention as the first one. So be very mindful of how you break your scene into individual shot positions.


Showing the Story   | Brevity | ContinuityAxis | Framing

Cross Cutting  | Match Cutting | Cutting Tight or Wide 


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