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Match on action editing in His Girl Friday

by Oliver Gaycken

This clip from His Girl Friday demonstrates a powerful continuity editing technique, the match on action. Notice how the transition between the second and third shots is made to seem seamless by cutting according to the movement of Louie's head.

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Clip from His Girl Friday by Howard Hawks

from His Girl Friday (1940)
Creator: Howard Hawks
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted by Oliver Gaycken