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