Continuity edit helps make scene of the action, a from shot to shot
using many different techniques. It means that everything flows in
a consistent, sequential, smooth manner.
is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another
character often off-screen, and then the other character is shown
looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown
facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking
at each other.
It is a common technique used in many films/programmes
Shot reverse shot
An establishing shot is usually the first shot of a new scene, designed
to show the audience where the action is taking place. It is usually
a very wide shot or extreme wide shot.
180 degree rule
The 180 degree rule is that the camera has to stay the same side as an
imaginary line, the line is drawn perpendicular to the cameras view
This makes the continuity of the film and is often used when two
people are having a conversation in an establishing shot.
This rule shouldn’t be broken as it can ruin the scene.
Matching on action
Matching on action is an editing technique where one shot cuts to
another portraying the action of the subject in the shot.
This technique is used a lot, for example when there is a medium long
shot of someone drinking a drink, it will then cut to the drink
touching the persons lips as a close up.
Eye line match
Eye line refers to the path looking eye and is similar to shot reverse
It is based on the audience wanting to view what the character on the
screen is viewing, the camera starts on the character looking at
something the audience cannot see, but then cuts to the object or
person they are looking at.