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.
There are two kinds of continuity: matched action and progressive continuity.
We match action within a scene.1 A scene in a narrative ...