Cutaway

Cutaway

An interruption of a continuous action with a shot of something else. Using cutaways allows editors to avoid jump cuts. It is usually followed by a cutback to the first shot. For example, if the main shot is of a man walking down an alley, possible cutaways may include a shot of a cat on a nearby dumpster or a shot of a woman watching from a window overhead. It’s most common use in dramatic films are to adjust the pace of the main action, to conceal the deletion of some unwanted part of the main shot, or to allow the joining of parts of two versions of that shot.