Continuity Editing

September 17, 2009 at 11:21 am (Uncategorized)


Before we do our Preliminary Task, there is an Induction Task we have to complete. For this Induction Task we must follow this brief:

Continuity task involving and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match on Action

Match on Action is when an action is followed from one shot to another from a different angle. e.g. when someone is opening a door, you see it first from one side as they open it, then from the other as they walk through to the other side.

Shot/Reverse Shot

Shot/Reverse Shot is usually used when two subjects are exchanging dialogue. It’ll show a shot of one subject saying something, then swap to a shot of the other subjects reply or reaction.

The 180-Degree Rule

The 180-Degree Rule refers to an invisible line in a shot. If there are two people in a shot, and the first time you see them, the male subject is on the left and the female subject is on the right, it has to stay like that throughout the whole scene. You can swap the side that you film from, but you should always show the change of angle, by showing the movement of the camera going round the back of one of the subjects or something similar.


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