Graphic match and match on action

A graphic match is when an object, colour or shape is ‘matched’ with an object, colour or shape in the following shot. An example would be the sun in shot A followed by a yellow balloon in the same position on the screen in shot B. (see earlier post – bone/spaceship match in 2001.)

A match on action is when an action is matched or continued in successive shots. Examples would be cutting on two different sets of feet walking, cutting between two sets of running feet, or, the simple act of continuing a movement in one shot that was started in the previous shot.

Match on action is a continuity cut which unites two different views of the same action together at the same moment in movement, making it seem to continue.A match on action, a technique used in film editing, is a cut that connects two different views of the same action at the same moment in the movement. By carefully matching the movement across the two shots, filmmakers make it seem that the motion continues uninterrupted. For a real match on action, the action should begin in the first shot and end in the second shot.

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