Transitions act as a bridge between scenes, making the reader aware of a jump in time and/or space, while also telling the editor how to move from one scene to the next.

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Match Cut

A tricky form of edit that matches the previous scene's final shot with the following scenes first shot. (i.e. a shot of a knife cutting a tarp matched to: a knife making an incision.)

Like this:

INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT

Jack lays a tarp on the table. He takes the KNIFE and cuts it down the middle.

                                                                                              MATCH CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT

Jack takes the KNIFE and begins to make an incision down the middle of the cadavers chest.

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Smash To

A very abrupt form of cut that happens in mid sentence, usually used to add a  dramatic or comedic effect.

Like this:

INT. BAR - NIGHT
Tracy, Sarah and Kelsey are sitting at a booth.

               TRACY
I told Kevin I would behave myself tonight.
So I'm not drinking.

               SARAH
Come on, we're celebrating!

               KELSEY
It's not everyday I book a role in a
Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation!

               TRACY
Ok, but I'm only going to have --

                                                                   SMASH CUT TO:

INT. BAR - NIGHT
Tracy is dancing on top of the bar, clearly very intoxicated.

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