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This next concept referred to as matching action or sometimes cutting on action is when we take two different camera angles and we cut between them. In order to do this, the actors have to be basically doing the same exact thing. I directed a music video for these guys. These are the Zen Chemists, a rap group from Seattle. Here we go. He is like rapping away, and I have this medium shot that I believe was locked down with a tripod. Yeah it actually looks a lot more steady than I can hold the camera. He kind of does these things with hands, where he is like, "no way." And then I did another shot, which was hand-held, and it's kind of like all up in his face like this.
He did the same exact thing. They're rapping for the same song and the same part. He does the same thing with his hands, "no way" again. So in order to change camera angles, what I wanted to do is cut on that action. And that's how we create what are called invisible cuts. I have already created markers, which we will talk about in the next chapter. Markers are where there is this motion, where it's going to be matched. So I am going to grab the end of the clip, trim it to that marker, and drag the beginning of the next clip and drag that to the marker. It will snap on it as long as we have Snap on here. I am going to right-click in this blank area and select Ripple Delete.
Now, when I play this back, you'll see that when he does his hands, it cuts pretty seamlessly. Probably could have done a little bit better of a job there, but it's believable that in one frame it's here and in the next frame, because he is moving pretty fast, so it's believable in the next frame his hands could be there. So again, it's a good way to cut in and out of like a wide shot, somebody is like far away and they start moving. You could close in when they are moving on the action. It is a good way to get intimate with them without really the viewer being aware of what's happening.
So there we go, matched action. As you could see here it's critical that your subject is doing the exact same thing both times or it's really not going to work.
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