Continuity Editing

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Continuity Editing

  1. 1. Continuity Editing By Daniel bRUCE The Rules: •Establishing shot •Shot/ reverse shot •180º rule Definition: A system of cutting used to maintain continuous and clear narrative action by following a set of rules. •30º rule •Crosscutting •Match on Action •Eyeline Match •Re-establishing shot The Benefits: • The narrative has structure • The shot sequences flow seamlessly into each other • It’s easy to watch the film!
  2. 2. Establishing shot Definition: A long shot or extreme long shot, usually with loose framing, that shows the spatial relations between the important figures, objects and setting in a scene. Establishing shot taken while filming in my AS Media studies group. From Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960 )
  3. 3. Shot / reverse shot Definition: Two shots edited together that alternate characters, typically in a conversation situation. Usually characters in one frame look left, and in the following frame look right. A shot reverse shot taken while filming in my AS Media studies group.
  4. 4. 180º rule Definition: The angle between any two consecutive shots should not exceed 180º, in order to maintain spatial relationships between people and objects in any given sequence of shots. Here is a demonstration of the 180° rule, shot while filming in my AS Media studies group.
  5. 5. Rules for continuity editing 180 degree rule This is a principle which underpins all TV and Film production. It’s important not to cross the ‘line of vision’ between two characters. Otherwise the viewer may not be able to make sense of the scene. The same rule applies to a moving subject: keep to one side of the direction of motion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdyyuqmCW14
  6. 6. 30º rule The angle between any two consecutive shots should not be less than 30º, in order to maintain spatial relationships between people and objects in any given sequence of shots. Here is an example of a famous film utilizing this rule. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nonxxwfedIY Here is a demonstration the 30° rule shot whilst filming in my AS Media studies group.
  7. 7. Crosscutting Definition: Editing that alternates between shots occurring simultaneously in two or more different location. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GQkUxdDD-8 Match on Action Definition: A cut between two shots that places two different framings of the same action next to each other, making it seem to continue uninterrupted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dgutDMPIMU Here is a piece of cross cutting edited after filming with my AS Media studies group
  8. 8. Eyeline Match Definition: A cut between two shots, in which the first shot shows a person looking off in one direction, and the second shot shows either a space containing what he or she sees, or a person looking back in exactly the opposite direction.
  9. 9. Re-establishing shot Definition: A shot that returns to a view of a space or location after a series of close-ups. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=paMomNyRUVE Re-Establishing shot taken while filming in my AS Media studies group.
  10. 10. Re-establishing shot Definition: A shot that returns to a view of a space or location after a series of close-ups. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=paMomNyRUVE Re-Establishing shot taken while filming in my AS Media studies group.

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