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Despite the many filmic cuts in movies, viewers can easily comprehend movies, and filmic cuts often go unnoticed, creating the impression of cinematic continuity. We show that filmic cuts are more salient and easier to detect when movies are viewed in 3D rather than 2D. The soundtrack also influenced the salience of filmic cuts, with filmic cuts being easier to detect in video clips presented without a soundtrack than in video clips presented with a soundtrack.

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Filmmakers often want to establish cinematic continuity in movies. Our results show that the presentation mode of movies (3D vs. 2D; with vs. without sound) can influence the salience of filmic cuts. Whenever this increased salience is an undesirable side effect, ways to mitigate it should be sought. However, the increased salience could also be exploited for dramatic effects.

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This page is a summary of: Stereo viewing upsets cinematic continuity: Filmic cuts are more salient in 3D than in 2D movies., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aca0000476.
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