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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Continuity

When producing a fictional narrative work, and there is a person or event to be recorded, you will most likely run through the action several times, recording each pass from a different angle and with a different shot type in your camera setup. This is called shooting coverage. You “cover” the main action from several angles and with several different framings. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make sure that the viewing audience is able to watch the entire action or delivery of dialogue from beginning to end. The editor is allowed to choose when to cut from one shot to the next, and engages the audience by providing them with a variety of coverage.

Having the actors repeat the same action or dialogue from shot to shot requires that ...

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