Film Language Tag: insert
A close-up shot of something related to the scene included during editing either as a bridge between two shots that cannot be edited together in a pleasing fashion or to symbolize a thought or idea and help move the story forward. Typical inserts include close shots of inanimate objects such as newspaper clippings, clocks, calendars, etc. Insert shots may be recorded during principal photography or as a pick-up during post-production.
USAGE: An insert shot should not be confused with a cutaway, though insert is often used to mean either one.
2. obs. A close-up.
USAGE: During the Silent Era (c. 1886-1930), as the formal language of film was developing, the term insert covered any kind of shot that did not show the full action. Since then, closeup has become its own term and insert has taken on a more specific meaning.
Civil Rights leader Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) recites a speech at a local rally hosted by the Black Student Union. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) attends, going in undercover on behalf of the police as Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) listen in. Ture speaks on the need to embrace Blackness and Black beauty, police brutality, opposition to the Vietnam war, and the fight for racial equality.
Wanda (Octavia Spencer) waits at the hospital to hear of her son Oscar's (Michael B. Jordan) prognosis after being shot by a BART police officer. A doctor informs her and other loved ones that Oscar is not responding well to treatment, prompting Wanda to lead a prayer for him. However, Oscar dies.
After hearing of their tenant Wei-Wei (May Chin)'s immigration troubles, Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) and his partner Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) decide to stage a marriage to solve her immigration problems and satisfy Wai-Tung's parents. They re-decorate Simon and Wai-Tung's apartment to appease Mr. and Mrs. Gao, removing signs of their relationship.