A predominant style of editing in narrative cinema and television. Continuity editing smooths the inherent discontinuity of the editing process. Continuity editing also establish a logical coherence between shots. The 180 degree is a rule filmmakers use to shoot from one side of the action. 180 degree is rule in film making with two characters in the same scene and they have the same right/ left relationship with each other.
Continuity editing has the following editing techniques.
The first technique is the Temporal discontinuity this is expressed with the use of ellipses and the following cutting techniques become useful dissolve and useful. Flash backs and montage also become useful when showing the reversal of time.
Continuity diegetic sound
The second technique is Diegetic sound. Diegetic sound occurs when an action is being viewed. Narrative sound can also be diegetic sound heard the sound also helps to smooth the temporally questionable cuts by over laping the shots.
an example of continuity editing from youtube.
“A simple plot, using 11 shots to explain the certain types of match cuts (establishing, shot/reverse, etc.) and also to expresses a single relapse in time. Also taken to account was the 180 degree rule, which kept subject A on the right and subject B on the left, to diminish confusion with blocking”.
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