Continuity of motion

Continuous editing tries to keep a flowing course of action without actually fully showing it. This is still the basis for most individual scenes in fictional film today. An editing sequence, edited in this way, should be without interruptions in order to keep the action logical and continuous. Cause and effect relationships must be clearly indicated.

Let’s take the following scene for example:

 – one person – several locations – continuity of action

We will get good continuity of motion if we’ll pay attention to the movement of the characters in individual shots. Continuing the direction of a motion which has already started from one area in the shot to the next area in the shot is the best form of a continued transition in a cut. A person which comes to the edge of the shot continues the initiated motion in the opposite side of the next shot. In this way, we condense the real time and space without the viewer noticing it. In this case, we talk about an invisible cut. We have to keep in mind that we will achieve a smooth transition only if we use two shots with distinctly different sizes of framing heights.

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