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Match Cut
A cut or dissolve that matches an object in the first shot with an object in the second shot. The objects must be similar in size and position within the shot. Can be used to add harmony and continuity to a sudden shift in time or place. James Cameron seems especially fond of this technique, as it appears in almost every one of his films.

Also see Age Cut, Stop Trick, and Body Wipe. See Twisted Echo Cut for when it's done with dialogue.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The opening credits for Baccano! did this for (in order) a wad of bills, some bottles, a thrown dart (matched with a knife), an explosion (matched with exploding flash powder), and a playing card.
    • Durarara!!, by the same studio and author, does much the same, only with more modern objects such as a cellphone, vending machine, and soda can.
      • The second opening has some rather creative ones such as a ladle to a street mirror, and Scary Shiny Glasses to the moon.
  • Fushigi Yuugi does a rather nice one too. Miaka briefly imagines a benign, smiling Tamahome; the image then fades into evil Tamahome, whose facial expression makes him look very different as he finishes up shredding his letter to Miaka.
  • In One Piece, after Luffy successfully obtains Franky's speedo, we see a shot of the Gally-La Company flag waving triumphantly in the background, then a shot of Luffy triumphantly holding up the speedo.
  • The opening for the second season of Spice and Wolf matches leaves flying in the wind to feathers floating in a room.

    Comic Books 
  • Ten thousand years of elfin evolution in two panels from the very first issue of ElfQuest.
  • The Killing Joke also pulls this off: the flashback sequences that depict the Joker's origin story (the one he's currently remembering at the time of the story) have a tendency of cutting into the current situation with one of these. It's really effective in creating a sequential atmosphere. Just call it an Alan Moore thing.
  • Watchmen, although in a print-based medium, pulls it off. And keeps doing it. Notable examples include the memories of Rorschach (interlaced with the Rorschach blot) and Laurie (the reflection of her face in the snow globe is echoed). The Minutemen photo is also prone to this, but the various characters' memories of the Comedian are the best examples. Often overlaps with Two Scenes, One Dialogue.
    • Laurie's reflection in the snowglobe has another purpose: It highlights her eyes, which are the same as The Comedian's.
  • Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel jumps several times from the royal palace as it stood in the 9th century to the same angle of its ruins in the 13th century.

    Film - Live Action 
  • The most recognizable match cut might be from the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. A bone tossed into the air by a primitive hominid is matched with a satellite in orbit over 21st century Earth. Here.
    • Parodied in Startopia, where the bone and the satellite are replaced by a...donut and a donut-shaped space station. Where does a hominid get a donut, you ask me? Why, from a massive, black, featureless, monolithic donut dispenser. Duh.
    • Parodied in Monty Python's Flying Circus, where the satellite changes right back into a bone and hits the caveman on the head.
    • Itself a Shout-Out to Powell & Pressburger's 1944 film A Canterbury Tale in which a medieval pilgrim's hawk is matched with a Hurricane fighter.
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life had one where the camera zooms in on Biggs face at the end of the Boys Vs. Masters rugby match then cuts to a fully-grown Biggs avoiding flying shells in a war.
  • Another well-known one is the dissolve from the Paramount logo to the mountain in all of the Indiana Jones movies.
  • Citizen Kane uses this to amazing effect. The entire opening sequence is one long, dissolving match cut. The intro consists of several shots of Kane's mansion Xanadu from different angles dissolving into each other. Only one of the windows is illuminated, and despite the many different camera angles, it remains in the same location in the frame.
  • In Lawrence of Arabia, the titular hero blows out a match, and we cut to the sun rising over the desert.
  • The first Spider-Man movie Match Cuts from the Green Goblin blowing a building up with his glider to high school graduation (by way of debris to mortarboards, okay?).
  • Max Payne uses this particular technique with the main character: a scene ends showing a flashback three years in the past, and as the camera revolves around Max, the scene slowly changes to the much darker present time, until we've gone from looking over his shoulder, around him to his face, and back over his shoulder again.
  • The Fall has some particularly beautiful examples, including a butterfly fading into a reef and island, and a priest's face and collar fading into a desert landscape.
  • In National Treasure: Book of Secrets, there is a dissolve from the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral in London to the Capitol Dome in Washington D.C. The west towers of St. Paul's are also matched by a similar-looking pair of towers in Washington, though it's not clear if they were added in CGI.
  • The opening scene of The Lost World: Jurassic Park cuts from a woman on a tropical island shrieking to Jeff Goldblum yawning in front of a picture of a tropical island.
  • Final Destination 3 uses this to cut from Ashley & Ashlyn's burning tanning beds at their death scene to their coffins at their funeral.
  • This happens in the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie when April O'Neil is narrating their temporary stay on her farm. Specifically, it happens with various pictures she draws.
  • Titanic features two notable match cuts: one transitioning from young to old Rose, and the other transitioning from the Titanic at sea in 1912 to the Titanic sunken in 1997.
  • The Hours uses match cuts to transition between the three periods of time.
  • Just about every other scene in The Lovely Bones.
  • Special effects in Brotherhood of the Wolf are used to match a naked woman's upper torso with a hill-line. Scenery Porn indeed.
  • In Bram Stoker's Dracula (the Coppola movie), the post-staking decapitation of the vampirized Lucy sends her head flying through the air (against a black background)— and cuts straight into Van Helsing plopping a rare, bloody roast beef on a table, preparing to carve it for a meal.
  • The first scene of Aliens cuts from Ripley's face to a beautiful view of Earth.
  • Alfred Hitchcock used this trope quite a bit.
    • Psycho: in the shower scene, the bathtub drain and Marion's eye.
    • Hitchcock's 1935 version of The 39 Steps features a sound match cut; Hannay's landlady screams upon discovering Miss Smith's dead body, and the picture cuts to a train coming out of a tunnel while the scream dissolves into the sound of the train's whistle.
    • Hitchcock's North by Northwest ends with a match cut.
    • This trope dates at least as far back as his 1929 talking debut Blackmail. The heroine, who has just killed a man, screams when she sees a bum lying in the street in a similar position; cut to the murder victim's landlady discovering him, with her standing in the same position and relationship to the male figure lying down.
    • In Murder! Hitchcock transitions from a theater curtain rising to the cover over a prison cell observation window being pulled up.
  • Subverted in Idiocracy as it was a pile of garbage the whole time, but at first, when the sun is behind it, it looks like a mountain. This trope applies because the "mountain" is in tune with the world as we know it, while the revelation that it's actually garbage is there to show us just how bad the world gets.
  • Creepy example in Star Trek: Insurrection. Picard is wrestling with his conscience over what to do as the Federation has teamed up with some unpleasant aliens who are stealing some innocents' special planet that will let them live forever—at the moment they try to keep themselves going with Body Horror operations. The match cut is between Picard taking off his rank pips and putting them on his desk—and one of the aliens having their teeth operated on.
  • Frequently used in the first half of the 1967 film version of In Cold Blood as we cut back and forth between the killers and their pursuers.
  • Layer Cake uses frequent match cuts, but most notably to book end the assassination sequence with a Kubrick Stare.
  • The first two Death Note live-action films retain the sun from the center of the Nippon Television Network Corporation logo while the rest of the logo fades; in the first, it becomes the sun in the first shot of the film, and in the second it becomes the moon.
  • A Christmas Story cuts from Randy opening the toilet to the boys' mother opening a pot of dinner.
  • A rather peculiar one in Seven Chances. The hero gets in his car to drive to his girlfriend's house. Instead of showing him driving, he gets in the car, and there's a Match Cut to Buster in the exact same position in front of his girlfriend's house. When he leaves, there's an identical, reversed Match Cut to show him in the same position back at the country club.

    Film - Animated 
  • The opening sequence in Disney's Tarzan contains many in a row, cutting between the human and gorilla family to show their similarities. The final one features the sun in an Establishing Shot matching with one of the eyes in a close-up of a leopard; the other eye matches the moon in the next shot.
  • Treasure Planet's scene "I'm Still Here" has this with Jim looking to the ship's skyline into the Benbow Inn's windows, and then Time Skip from his flashback to present. Another part was after Jim looked at Silver as his longboat descended, the sun below the galleon matches the morning sun before his dad left.
  • Shrek has a number of match dissolves combined with a moving POV, which are obviously easier to achieve in CGI than in live action.
    • In Shrek 2, Shrek is embarrassed as he and Fiona are presented to the king and queen outside the castle. Shrek's expression changes from embarrassed to exhausted as the scene changes to the dining room.
  • In the transition between the songs "Heaven's Light" and "Hellfire" in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a bell clapper dissolves into a swinging incensor.
  • Done a couple of times in The Emperor's New Groove.
  • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy suffers a Heroic BSOD and has him lying on the water bed with a depressed look on his face. It then dissolves to him driving the next day with that same depressed look.
  • Towards the end of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Whitmore receives a crystal necklace from Milo after his teammates have returned from their journey; the scene cuts to the crystal necklace worn by Kida, newly made the Queen as she takes it off and blows on it to make a stone face representing her late father, Kashekhim Nedakh, causing it fly away into the sky.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, this trope is used to show how Hiccup uses what he learned interacting with Toothless to disable the training dragons, most notably with the dragonnip grass.
  • When the Beast transforms back into a human at the end of Beauty and the Beast, he twirls Belle around, and Belle's blue peasant dress actually turns into her gold ballroom gown, leading up to the finale.
  • At the end of Peter Pan, after Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, the Darling children, and the Lost Boys return to London from Neverland by making Captain Hook's ship fly away into the sky, we see a full moon turn into the Big Ben clock tower, which turns into a grandfather clock inside the Darling family residence.
  • During the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Mulan, part of a dream sequence seen about halfway through the song actually turns into a Mount Rushmoresque-rock sculpture seen in the background.
  • At the end of The Little Mermaid, when Ariel and Eric kiss after former has been turned back into a human, Ariel's sparkly dress and Eric's sailor suit actually turn into a wedding dress and a royal admiral suit when we see their wedding, respectively.
  • A dream sequence in Cinderella II has the figurines on Anastasia's music box morph into Anastasia and the baker.
  • At the very beginning of Finding Nemo, just right after Marlin finds out that his son Nemo's egg is the only egg that had survived the barracuda attack (though with a large crack in the eggshell), the scene immediately cuts from the egg to the sun reflected in the water, leading to the film's opening credits (and Nemo himself already hatched from the egg).
  • There's at least one in Cars, when Lightning McQueen agrees to accompany Mater on some unspecified trip, then cutting to Lighting at night in the field, as the tractor-tipping scene begins.
  • Near the end of the song "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas, an overhead shot of Pocahontas and John Smith laying on a round patch of grass cuts to the eye of one of two hawks they both let go into the sky. The shot of the hawks on the tree they then fly up to cut back to Poca and Smith.
  • Happens several times in the song "Worthless" near the end of The Brave Little Toaster, when they cut from the junkyard to the Master's house. At one point, the Car Crusher's blades turn into the TV, and another point a crushed cube turns into the TV again.
  • There's a version of this in Frozen, fading Anna from outside to walking down a hall.
    • It happens a few seconds later when we see Elsa huddling against her door, then fading to Anna on the other side, in the exact same pose and place in the shot.
  • At the end if the opening sequence of Up, we see Carl sitting lonely inside the church at Ellie's funeral. He then starts up the steps toward the coffin and it fades to Carl walking up his front porch.

    Live Action TV 
  • The end of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Take Me Out To The Holosuite" has an instance, probably parodying the 2001 example, with a thrown baseball matching the station.
  • This is very common in Ugly Betty, which gets away with it because of the slightly bizarre (i.e. stylish) design of the sets - weird objects intruding into frame to become odd shapes in the next shot don't seem at all out of place when all the windows in the office are circular.
  • The intro to Stargate Atlantis has a scene in which the head of a Wraith is cut to a view of the main Tower of the City of Atlantis ... which has the same size as the head, the same general direction of movement and, to top it all, two lightened windows where the eyes of the Wraith were.
  • The opening credits in The Wire utilise this technique.
  • In the Alias Pilot Episode "Truth Be Told", Sydney is tied to a chair, watching a door that is about to open and reveal her torturer. Cut to another door opening and her literature professor walking into a classroom, months before the previous scene.
  • Used in season 5 of Doctor Who. Vampires of Venice has a Cold Open where a screaming girl is about to be attacked by a vampire, then cuts to a screaming Rory at his stag party shouting into the phone.
  • Done more than a few times in Spaced, including a reference to the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey Match Cut - a rolled-up newspaper thrown into the air becomes a model of a spaceship in the comics shop.
  • In one episode of The George Lopez Show during a flashback George as a child gets jealous of Benny's boyfriend and has a smuggish look on his face. It then goes to the present and George has that same smuggish look.
  • The opening shot of the first episode of The IT Crowd ("Yesterday's Jam") depicts Reynholm Industries CEO Denholm Reynholm seated behind his office desk, in stone-faced tableau. The shot then pulls wide to reveal that this is actually a framed photo...But also that Reynholm is currently sitting in the exact same position, with the original shot being something that apparently happened at some point previous.
  • Cosmos
    • A Personal Voyage starts with a match cut of Sagan letting a dandelion fly, which transitions to the similarly-shaped Ship of the Imagination in the stars.
    • The opening credits of A Spacetime Odyssey includes several: from a crater to the iris of a human eye, a spiral galaxy to the spiral of a nautilus shell, etc.

    Music 
  • Done amazingly in Switchfoot's video for "We Are One Tonight". Seriously, just watch it.
  • On The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album, the sound of a cock crowing at the end of "Good Morning, Good Morning" cuts to a similar-sounding guitar chord at the start of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Reprise".
    • The stereo mix cuts the two sounds together seamlessly. On the mono version (only released on CD in 2009) there's a split-second pause.
  • In the David Bowie video "As the World Falls Down" (from the film Labyrinth), the female protagonist is staring at a photograph of Bowie. The camera zooms in on her left eye. A blink, and now it's Bowie's left eye (with its permanently dilated pupil) the viewer sees as the camera pulls back.
  • In the amazing black-and-white Bad Apple! music video, nearly every transition is a match cut. Pens turning into wings, flames turning into distant sunlight, girl running turning into girl diving, etc. It's probably the best part of the video. Most other videos will attempt to emulate this changing. (For example, the infamous printed-out screenshots homage video uses match cuts to, say, jump from room to room.)
  • Done near the end of "Indestructible" by Disturbed, showing the warriors throughout the ages running towards the camera.
  • Several of Lindsey Stirling's videos jump locations whilst having her choreography match in each shot, but "Minimal Beat" takes the cake. It features 17 countries from her time on tour, and the camera will cut between all of them in just a few seconds. In each, she wears a different outfit, but will be walking across the screen or turning her head in perfect time in order to make a smooth video. The behind-the-scenes video explains that it took many hours of editing and careful positioning to make this work.
  • These make up most of the cuts in "Pressure and Time" by Rival Sons, with the band performing in around a dozen different locales, cutting between each one.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "flip" and newer "transform" cards from Magic: The Gathering often imitate this effect. For examples, see Tormented Pariah and Gatstaf Shepherd.

    Theatre 
  • City of Angels does this several times when transitioning out of the Show Within a Show. Mallory undoing Stone's tie segues to Donna tying Stine's tie; Irwin S. Irving's body on a gurney segues to Buddy on a massage table; and Oolie getting into bed segues to Stine lying in bed with Donna.

    Video Games 
  • In the introduction of Space Quest VI, a jockstrap thrown up into the air in a parody of 2001 transitions to a jockstrap-shaped spaceship.
  • The first scene of Xenogears after the intro shows a village in flames, and then it cuts to an abstract painting of flames that Fei, the protagonist, is working on.
  • Halo 2 starts by showing the trial of an Elite who is ultimately blamed for the destruction of the Halo from the first game. After one of the Prophets announcing his sentence delivers the final words in the scene, it cuts from the circular emblem on said Prophet's headwear to the moon in orbit around Earth.

    Western Animation 
  • In the new employee training episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law a shot of a helicopter faded into a shot of Phil Ken Sebben with a similarly shaped pipe in his mouth.
  • The Futurama episode "Luck of the Fryish" did this in-between the current time period (the future) and Flashback sequences. A particularly funny example is when they arrive at the dilapidated ruins of Fry's childhood home (with Bender commenting on how "Father Time sure took a bat to this place"), which is revealed to be in the exact same state of disrepair in the flashback.
    • And they did it again in both "Jurassic Bark" and "Bender's Big Score".
  • The opening of Batman: The Animated Series match cuts between the WB logo and the Gotham PD's airship.
  • The season 3 opening to The Transformers has several of these.
  • Megas XLR "Battle Royale" cuts between Kiva battling brutes in station and Coop using similar moves to fight opponents in the ring.
  • Occurs in 101 Dalmatians: The Series in the first episode. After Roger announces that they're moving from their home in the city to the country, Lucky says, "Let me make myself perfectly clear: We. Are not. Moving." and we see a closeup of his angry face. The scene dissolves into Lucky on the Dalmatian bus with everyone else, still with the same face.
  • At the end of ''Tokyo Mater'' when Kabuto finds out that he had lost the race to Tokyo Tower to Mater, the scene immediately cuts to Kabuto having all of his modifications being pulled off his body and being laughed at by the other cars.
  • In the Betty Boop cartoon "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You", which was scored by Louis Armstrong and his band, a scene of a cannibal stirring a boiling bot fades to a live-action scene of a drummer in Armstrong's band before fading back to the animation.
  • In the Silly Symphony short "Three Little Wolves", the three wolves are imitating the three pigs dancing and singing "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf", followed by the scene dissolving to the two giddy pigs dancing the same way.

    Web Comics 
  • Kiwi Blitz uses a few in Chapter 4, which intersperses a present-day fight with a flashback to young Steffi at taekwondo practice: Present-day Steffi complaining about shin kicks cuts to young Ben complaining about shin kicks. Young Steffi looking determined cuts to present-day Steffi looking determined.
  • Interestingly done with a still-image webcomic on deviantART: [1] A door in a dark menacing facility is drawn at the same angle as a hospital door in the panel above it.
  • Done in Homestuck in these two pictures.
  • This strip of El Goonish Shive features a cut from Noah punching a dragon to Greg punching a fire monster. Their poses are continuous rather than identical to create the illusion of movement along with the scene change.
  • In this chapter of the deviantART flash comic Knite, this is used once or twice while Sen is recounting the past to his friends.

    Other 
  • The GURPS Discworld fansite Discworld Bye Nighte. The "title page" for every section has a circle (usually the sun) in the upper left and a tall structure on the right. Clicking through them, you can see the Tower of Art dissolve into the Diamond Castle in Genua, Don'tgonearthe Castle in Überwald (with the sun becoming a full moon), a volcanic island, and so on. The "Bye the Waye" section even has the three main components labeled: "Circle", "Peaks" and "Horizon".
  • Rene Magritte's painting Euclidean Promenades depicts an upper-story view of a town in which the shape of a conical spire is exactly matched by the shape of a road receding in perspective to the horizon.
  • A Coca-Cola commercial advertising how its containers are recycled has several instances of people pitching empty bottles juxtaposed with filled ones coming out of vending machine. To hammer this juxtaposition home, one bottle is only partially in the recycle bin, resulting in a bottle stuck in the vending machine until the first one is pushed down.

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