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Match on action editing in His Girl Friday 3

by Oliver Gaycken

This example of the match-on-action technique bridges a change in shot scale, from a medium close up to a long shot. The matching occurs using Hildy's movements as she stands up. If you look closely, you will notice that the match is not totally precise--her hands are in slightly different positions across the cut. And yet, because the tendency to perceive a continuous motion is quite strong, the inconsistency is barely noticeable.

Friday match on action 3

a clip from His Girl Friday by Howard Hawks

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