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Graphic Match

October 7, 2015, 09:38 AM

The graphic match (or “match cut”) is an extremely powerful transitional device in modern editing. Here, an idea is conveyed within a single assembly – a single cut. This cut’s intention is to skip forward or backward in time while a) maintaining a continuity of action and b) creating a metaphorical link between the images that bookend the cut. It can serve comedic, dramatic, or a purely ideological purpose. Let’s discuss the latter first as it represents the most original use of this cut.

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