[Quick Summary: A London police officer smells something funny in a small country village.]
This my favorite film of the Cornetto trio.
As I read it, however, I was struck by the artful use of matched sound and visual transitions.
[Matched transition = You hear/see something in Scene A that is matched in Scene B.]
Here, they do more than move us from point A to B.
They also reorient the audience to a new scene/location/point of view.
1 - SOUND
Note how the common 'hissing' sound moves us to a new location.
ex. "INT. GEORGE MERCHANT'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
MERCHANT is dragged by his feet and dumped into a kitchen chair...GLOVED HANDS empty beans into a pan...Bacon is fried...Gas taps are turned on full...Gas hisses...
INT. DANNY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Static hisses as the video flickers to life."
2 - VISUAL
"Beer" is the common visual clue here.
I like that as we follow the beer, we also figure out that we've switched points of view.
ex. EXT. DANNY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
...DANNY: Unless you wanna come in for a coffee?
ANGEL: I don't drink coffee.
ANGEL: No, no caffeine after midday.
DANNY: How about another beer?
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
A fridge opens...We see a number of bottled beers...
GEORGE MERCHANT grabs a beer and swigs it as he staggers to the toilet. Outside the CLOAKED FIGURE watches."
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I now have added matched transitions to my writer's tool box.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
by Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg