Prelim Continuity Task


The brief for the preliminary task is:

“A continuity task involving filming and editing a two characters in conversation, with one character who leaves the room’.

This continuity edit assisted me in developing my match-on-action skills (which make the scene more interesting), as well as shot/reverse shot technique (making the scene coherent) and understanding the 180 degree rule (as to not confuse the audience). These are the conventions of continuity edits and helped me create a logical linear story.

  • During the filming I learnt the importance of blocking scenes with my actors and providing them with positive feed back to encourage them.
  • We filmed the same scene several times, with a wide two shot, low angle medium shot, and close up reaction shots to enhance the story telling, emphasis their relationship and emotion. I also utilised a tilt and a pan
  • If I were to do this mini project again I would ensure that my actors knew exactly when to move, so no acts where repeated and the continuity interrupted. I would also instruct my actors to pause longer between the lines so I could more easily edit the clips together.
  • In the process of piecing this scene together I learnt how to orientate the video editing software Premier Pro. I worked out how to import footage from and to folders to remain organised, select sections with the marker tools, zoom usefully in closer to view the layout easily, precisely trim the clips and add special effects, such as a slow zoom in.

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