Continuity Task Research
Beth Parry, Chloe Hill and Ellie Bacon
Match on Action: definition
Match on action (or cutting on action) is an editing technique for
continuity editing in which one shot cuts to another shot portraying the
action of the subject in the first shot.
This creates the impression of a sense of continuity, the action carrying
through creates a visual bridge which draws the viewers attention away
from slight cutting or continuity issues.
Match on Action - Examples
The man in the suit is trying to get into the room that is
In the second shot the camera angle moves to in the room picking up
his action as he tries to push past the doorman.
Match on Action: Our Use
We are going to use this to link most of our movement, especially in
the first scene which is leading up to the meeting.
A specific example of this is when Ellie goes into the meeting as the
first shot will be from outside the room and then the second shot will
be a close up of her pulling the door handle down and then the final
shot will be in the room showing her coming in.
Shot Reverse Shot – Definition
Shot reverse shot is a continuity editing technique used in
conversations or simply characters looking at each other or objects.
A shot showing what the character is supposedly looking at (either a
point of view or over the shoulder shot) is followed by a reverse angle
shot of the character themselves looking at it or of the other character
looking at them and then back to the first shot again.
Shot Reverse Shot - Examples
In the first shot we see from the
mans point of view, what he is
looking at by an over the shoulder
We then see the reverse, where
the angle goes to over the
shoulder of the female showing
the mans reaction.
Then we go back to the first
camera angle again.
Shot Reverse Shot – Our Use
The main place we will use this shot is for the
conversation in the meeting. Our shot will not be just 3
shots, it will be a continuous shot reverse shot using
over the shoulder shots to see the other persons
reaction to the conversation.
180 Rule - Definition
The 180 rule is a filming guideline that participants in a scene should
have the same left right relationship to each other, with filming only
taking place within the 180 angle in which this is maintained in a
This allows the audience to have a greater sense of location in the
scene in terms of what may be off screen in shots, for example in shot
180 rule - Example
We can see that the camera is on the
same side of the people at all
times, keeping the same left-right
Also, the middle camera is
directly in-between the 2
people keeping the view at
only 180 degrees.
180 rule – Our Use
We will use this in the conversation at the meeting to
compliment our shot reverse shot. We will do this by
keeping the angle of the over shoulder shots so that the
persons head and shoulder is at the same side of the
camera to create a flowing scene.