You may not know exactly what we mean when we say “graphic match cut”, but trust us, you’ve seen one before! When a formal visual element (shape, color, movement, etc.) is used to drive the transition between two disparate shots, it adds a conceptual and emotional element to the montage beyond simply “smoothing it over”. From Psycho to Run Lola Run (and lots in between), we break down three major ways — spatial, temporal, and metaphorical — that graphic match cuts are used to enhance the visual storytelling of movie editing.