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  • Instead of Cut to:

    Yeah, yeah so the Cut to: has gone the way of the friendship bracelets and z cavaricci's... what do you like to use instead? Just thought I'd get some ideas.

    For instance-

    Mike and John play pool.

    Cut to:

    Jenna and Tammy admire their technique.

    Cut to:

    Mike sinks a shot.



    What would you favor?

    JENNA and TAMMY

    admire their technique.


    And in the case of Mike would you put...

    MIKE and JOHN

    Mike sinks a shot.



    I don't know why "Cut to:" got such a bad rap. I think it looks much cleaner than some other attempts I've seen.

    Long post, but love to get your feedback.

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: Instead of Cut to:

    I would do:



    Jenny and Tammy watch with great fascination as Mike and John play with their balls. Mike grabs his long stick and sinks a ball in the hole.

    Okay, maybe not quite that way but something like that.

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    • #3
      Re: Instead of Cut to:

      Just omit "cut to:"

      Mike and John play pool.

      Jenna and Tammy admire their technique.

      Mike sinks a shot.

      Each new paragraph denotes a different "shot." It directs the reader's "mind's eye" without overtly pointing it out.
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      • #4
        Re: Instead of Cut to:

        I would never have used Cut To like that though...Using it that way, no wonder it*s considered overused. Isn*t the classic example of when to use it from Tootsie? His agent tells him he*ll never get work..CUT TO...him dressed as a woman off to an audition?
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        • #5
          Re: Instead of Cut to:

          Even if it is on the other side of the same room?

          Still just a space in the action sequence?

          I can understand if a director is reading the script and he can seperate things like that quickly in his mind's eye... but for other readers it doesnt seem like enough of a change from one locale to another.

          Comments?

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          • #6
            Re: Instead of Cut to:

            Originally posted by mcd5
            Even if it is on the other side of the same room?

            Comments?
            If it's on the other side of the room, denote that:

            From across the room, Jenna and Terry admire their technique.

            Your use of "cut to:" didn't really indicate that there was space or distance between the pool players and the watchers any better than the seperate action lines.
            "I dub thee: Sir Non Sequitur." - sc111

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