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Now, in the last movie we saw how cutaways can be used emotionally. In this movie, we are going to take a look at how cutaways can be used in a more utilitarian purpose for fixing jump cuts. So here I have this clip from this movie called "Dream Job" that I worked on. In this scene, this actress is exhausted from her work. But she is looking pretty good here and then in just a second, we are going to have the slate cut come in and that has all the information and they are going to clap that thing. And then, after that's done, the DP needs to pull focus again. The DP being the Director of Photography.
He pulls focus again and then we continue on with the rest of the shot. But actually, I want to use the first part of this shot where she puts the pen down. And all she is doing here is just kind of like getting in the zone. She is like starting to feel her character and that's actually good stuff. We are not supposed to use it. But I am still going to use it. So what I want to do is I want to go out to about 418, and I am going to get the Razor tool and I am going to click right there on the clip to cut it. And then, I am just going to manually type 1514 and press Enter.
That's going to jump us to 15 seconds and 14 frames in. Let's go ahead and cut there as well. We are going to press the letter V on the keyboard to get back to the regular Selection tool. Let's right click on this clip and choose Ripple Delete. That will delete the cut and then bring these two pieces together. The problem is these clips are never meant to be together. So as we move from one to the next, there is a jump cut. So it's here one frame then there all of a sudden it jumps. So what we are going to do is we are going to take the hand for cutaway DJ clip, drag this down to the video 2 track and put that over the jump cut.
So it's almost like this is like a Band-Aid that we've put on the wounded footage that we have cut. And it's actually perfect. This cut, right here, this hand, this was another shot where this was not supposed to happen. This is kind of like an outtake so to speak. But we are still going to use it and it works out perfect. She has the pen in her hand in this clip and she puts it down. So for continuity's sake, it works perfect that it shows her hand. And then, the pen kind of like falls over her hand because she is just exhausted. And we cut back to her and she is exhausted. That kind of adds to the feeling that her whole body is kind of just giving up.
So we use this cutaway not just for emotional purposes but for, again, very useful purposes to fix that situation. So if there is an example--- Let's say for example you are doing a documentary and you interview somebody, and you take out a huge long story that maybe doesn't work or is boring or whatever. Then you could put in some extra B-roll footage over that gap so that it doesn't seem like there is anything missing there. But realistically, folks, this cutting away to fix problems is one of the most common tricks in the editor's bag.
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