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(in film or television) an abrupt transition from one scene to another.
- ‘They stand alone, but can also be experienced as a lightning-quick montage of jumpcuts.’
- ‘Presented in black-and-white documentary-style, with jumpcuts and hand-held shots, the spot dissolves to quick cuts from Ryan's speech before the Trumbull County organization.’
- ‘We used a lot of jump-cuts and flash-cuts because thoughts happen that way - they come and go suddenly.’
- ‘Slick dramatic lighting and a varied, enjoyable color design smooth out the film's disjointing plot jump-cuts and occasional coincidences.’
- ‘There's a jump-cut from the boy stealing his father's car to the moment three days later when his body is found in the water.’
(in filmmaking or television) make an abrupt transition from one scene to another.
- ‘There's video clips: Henry rants, and the camera jump cuts about every 700 milliseconds to make sure we know how exciting it is.’
- ‘In suspense scenes with multiple characters, we shouldn't have to jump cut to a brief expository discussion about ‘who's next’ to act as a finger string.’
- ‘He lassoes one and we jump cut to Smith at night with a fire that has something cooking on a spit.’
- ‘Stone understands composition and action, and knows when to jump cut and when to hold on the moment.’
jump cut/ˈjəmp ˌkət/
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