Production Maintaining

Maintaining Continuity

WHY WE NEED CONTINUITY

A movie builds a world and invites us in. The more convincing that world is, the easier it is to engage. Good continuity gives the illusion of natural action, unfolding as we watch the story. Bad continuity reminds us that what we are watching is constructed, not real. It takes us out of the story and destroys the easy flow of our pretend world.

Good continuity is not perfect continuity. It is continuity that is good enough to keep us engaged in the story.

Good continuity is not perfect continuity.

TWO KINDS OF CONTINUITY

There are two kinds of continuity: matched action and progressive continuity.

Matched Action

We match action within a scene.1 A scene in a narrative ...

Get Beyond Continuity now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.