Arts & Entertainment

Cutaway Shots Explained: Purpose of Cutaways in Film and TV

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 3 min read

A cinematographer will have a shot list detailing the many shots they need to capture for the day on a film set. Good B-roll is always on the list, essential for strong cutaway shots. Learn about the various purposes of a cutaway shot and how they differ from main shots.