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1. (editing) A technique of cutting back and forth between two or more discrete narrative sequences typically filmed in different locations or at different times which combine to produce a sense of the convergence or divergence of several story strands in a complex plot: for example, in the films of Robert Altman. Another classic example of this device is a shot of a bomb timer counting down intercut with shots of the attempts of the protagonists to escape.

2. In less narrative-driven content, such as pop videos, cutting back and forth between different segments: for example, between an artist's performance and a dance sequence or other imagery.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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