Slow Cut and Fast Cut In Films

Slow cut and fast cut in films are one of the main aspects of video editing. If an editor wants to show the detailing and depth in the film then they prefer slow cut. If their wish is to establish any kind of rush in the event then they opt for a fast cut, which one might have observed in action sequences. It is always recommended for an editor to make sure what pace they are giving to any film with the help of slow cut and fast cut.

Fast cut in the film


Fast cutting is a film editing technique which points to several consecutive shots of a brief duration. It is used to convey a lot of information, facts, or emotion in a very small frame of time. This particular technique is typically used in the shooting of dialogues between multiple characters in a single scene, in order to change the viewer’s perspective to either focus on the reaction of another character’s dialogue or to bring to attention the non-verbal actions or body language of the speaking character.

Slow cutting

Slow cutting is a film editing technique which uses shots of long duration. Although, it is an arguable fact but most believe that any shot that lasts nearly or beyond the duration of about 15 seconds is considered a slow cut, it often depends on the context behind the scene. People today are accustomed to normal cuts or fast cuts, they will most probably loose interest in the scene if the slow cuts are frequented in a scene.

If any shot of a longer duration is being used then it is a slow cut. On the contrary, using different footages to develop any action or event, is certainly a fast cut.

Few people have drawn a line of 15 seconds to define it, as per them if a cut is placed at the 15-second mark or more then it is known as a slow cut and if it is less than that, it is a fast cut. Albeit it is arguable, slow cutting and fast cutting simply imply the pace of the sequence. In many instances, an editor tries to provide variations in every sequence to keep the audience’s attention intact. Pacing in any shot depends on different factors like movement in the picture, camera movement, audio track, changing the speed of the footage, etc. However, the topic being discussed here is “Cut”, just how frequently are the shots being changed, that makes the cut either slow or fast. There is no particular timer to make any cut slow or fast. It is in fact, about the overall feel from the sequence. If the director has put a lot of effort into the art of the film then there is a possibility that they might not like to see the rapid cuts, given that they want the audience to see their effort in building the environment.

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