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#189 - The Three Rules of Editing Action Scenes

OK so, maybe this week was getting a little heavy, so I thought why not make it more fun?

And what's more fun than balletic car chases, furious fist fights and cinematic shootouts?

But how do you actually edit them and what should you keep in mind when you do?

In this issue of Cut/daily I wanted to share three rules for editing action scenes and some fresh action-inspiration in Polygon's 10 Best Action Scenes of 2021.

One way to get inside an action sequence is to break it down shot by shot, a little like this 20 second example from Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

By seeing the flow of the shots, the angle choices and the rhythm you can learn a huge amount about what makes, just one stunt in a whole car chase, work.

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