Virtual Reality Editing Technique: Circle Wipe to Point

01.16.2016 § Leave a comment

One concern of cutting from one vantage to another in immersive cinema is the risk that the viewer is not looking in the ideal direction when the new shot begins.

This could be ameliorated by deploying a classic editing technique: the circle wipe.

Circle wipe into the point that is exactly where you wish the viewer’s attention to land on the shot cut to.

The circle can begin as a point at the polar opposite of the point it’s headed toward (behind the viewer if they’re already looking where you want).

It will grow until at maximum it is a orthodrome orthogonal to the line connecting these antipodes.

As the circle constricts toward the ultimate point, no matter where the viewer is looking, the shape of the contour of the circle and especially its motion, will guide their attention toward the intended destination direction, leading them to be left right where you want them.

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