Too Many Cuts to Count

For this assignment, we had to pick a scene from a movie from the MovieClips channel on YouTube and count the number of cuts that would happen. I chose a scene from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I thought it would be interesting to see how cuts in an animated movie compare to a live action movie. The scene I watched is when Miles figures out he has powers. The scene is only 1 minute and 12 seconds so I guessed that there would only be about 10 cuts. Surprisingly there ended up being 23 cuts/camera changes and I probably could’ve counted even more. The scene is pretty fast paced so it was hard to quickly decide whether or not something counted as a camera change.

For some reason I wasn’t expecting so many cuts in an animated movie. Of course when I’m watching the movie, I’m not really paying attention to that anyway, but especially for an animated movie, my brain can’t seem to comprehend that there is still a “camera” in a way. Although Into the Spider-Verse is a very dynamic movie, I never thought that there would be so many camera edits.

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