Edit With Movement
There are two areas here I want to talk about. The first is for documentary filmmakers or for someone editing an action sequence in a regular film where there is no dialogue, just movement. The key word here is movement.
If you are shooting a documentary, news footage or something that will play with voice over, don’t shoot static shots. The most boring thing a viewer will watch is shots where nothing is happening. When you cut from shot to shot, make sure there is someone or something moving in the shot. If there is a group of people milling around, wait until one of them does something unique, such as wave their arms, adjust their hat or make a sudden movement as the point you cut to the shot. If everything in your shot has unique movement and actions, it makes your shots flow better and keeps the audience entertained as well.
The second area of editing with movement involves cutting in a shot to a close-up of a person. If you are set up in a master shot or a two shot of people talking and then want to cut to a close-up of one of the individuals, it can look contrived and often jarring when the cut is made. The cure for this is simple. Wait until someone lifts something, moves their arm or makes a movement with their head. Then, cut to the close up where they are making the same movement. If the shoot is done with two cameras, running simultaneously, this is easy. If not, make sure you, as the editor, discuss this with the director if he wants that sort of cut so the actor can be instructed to make the same movement at the same time in both shots. It is a great way to make the shots flow together perfectly.