I'm in the editing phase on my first independently produced pilot!
I was hoping someone out the had some tips on cutting between shots in a scene. Specifically, making the transitions from shot to shot smooth. I'm finding that when I cut from character to character in a conversation it just doesn't flow. I have been using y-cuts to fix this, but wanted to know if anyone had any other techniques to flow from shot to shot?
Have you read any of Walter Murch's books? That's a good start.
When I cut dialogue, I'm looking at the facial expressions, the eye blinks, the little inhalations before someone speaks. I also look for strong posture or limb position cues, like a flailing or gesticulating arm. I tend to favor two-shots and save the singles for key lines or reactions.
You might also ask this question in the, you know, Editing forum:-)