2 Continuity System

The terms ‘continuity style’, ‘continuity system’ and ‘continuity editing’ can be used interchangeably.  They refer to a style of editing associated with Classical Hollywood cinema that links shots so that the action looks seamless and the cuts are nearly invisible to the viewer.  Techniques and rules associated with the continuity style include: the eye line match, match on action, establishing shot, point-of-view or (P.O.V.), axis of action, parallel editing and diegetic sound.   View the clips linked below and identify a scene that makes use of one of these techniques. Describe the cut with reference to the action or actions taking place and discuss the effect the technique has in the scene.

Look at the first five minutes of The Neighbors or one of the other two film clips.


Rear Window

 The Wizard of Oz