Directing POSTS

How to Shoot: The Unexpected Jump

What does it look like? It’s unexpected “jump” moment or cut where the character almost gets seriously injured or killed.

How’s it done? It’s done as a practical shot on the set.

When should I use it? It’s best used during moments in the film where the character is off guard and vulnerable to an attack.

Color of the Night (1994)

Synopsis: Bruce Willis stars as a troubled psychiatrist who quits after a patient commits suicide. But when a colleague is murdered, he gets drawn into a web of intrigue—and into the arms of a patient who’s also a suspect.

Featured Scene: Bill (Bruce Willis) returns from a jog then opens his mailbox and dodges a rattlesnake.

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Excerpt from Genre Filmmaking: A Visual Guide to Shots and Style by Danny Draven © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group. All Rights Reserved.

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