What I’m suggesting is a list of priorities. If you have to give up something, don’t ever give up emotion before story. Don’t give up story before rhythm, don’t give up rhythm before eye-trace, don’t give up eye-trace before planarity, and don’t give up planarity before spatial continuity.”
emotion > story > rhythm > eye-trae > planarity > spatial continuity
1. EmotionHow will this cut affect the audience emotionally at this particular moment in the film?
Does the edit move the story forward in a meaningful way?
Is the cut at a point that makes rhythmic sense?
4. Eye TraceHow does the cut affect the location and movement of the audience’s focus in that particular film?
5. Two Dimensional Place of ScreenIs the axis followed properly? Screen direction consistent
6. Three Dimensional SpaceIs the cut true to established physical and spacial relationships? 180 rule
1. Emotion (51%)
2. Story (23%)
3. Rhythm (10%)
4. Eye Trace (7%)
5. 2D Place of Screen (5%)
6. 3D Space (4%)
* Oh and something I just learned from somewhere else. 30 degree rule, always move the camera at least 30 degrees and preferably to a different depth in space so that it never feels like a jump cut. (So like cutting angles zooming in on someone monologuing)