Preliminary Research Task


Posted by Jordan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 5, 2012

Preliminary Research Task

Continuity Editing: The continuity style is ‘visibly continuous’ and where we tend not to notice the gaps and breaks of scene changes and editing. There are two sections to continuity editing; these are spatial editing and temporal editing. Whereas temporal editing is to do with cuts that are happening in a scene to show a change in time, Spatial editing is mainly to do with what is happening in that particular scene and spatial editing is used to show its importance.

Spatial Editing: Spatial Editing is when a scene is filmed in a single room and there are cuts around the room. Spatial Editing has an element to it called cross-cutting, this is when there are cuts to and from shots in a single room or location. This is to show the audience that the room or location may have an importance to it.

180 Degree Rule: There are rules within the spatial editing though and the main rule is ‘180 Degree’ rule and this is where an imaginary line is drawn between two characters or across the room or location where the scene is being film. The main rule of this line is that the cameras can only go 180 degrees around one side of the line, and the line must not be crossed. If the line is crossed, this may causr the viewer to be confused because it will look like the characters are swapping positions in the room. The 180 degree wule is to avoid this confusion.


Shot/Reverse Shot: The ‘shot/reverse shot’ rule is usually used when there is a conversation happening between two people to show that they are looking at each other and they are engaging in a conversation. The camera will show one character on-screen, then it will cut onto the other character, so it is like an opposite effect. This will show the audience that these characters are in conversation and it shows the viewer the reactions and facial expressions of the character that is in the shot.

Match on Action: A Match on Action shot is where a character is doing something and there are cuts as an action takes place, this is used because it shows the audience that the scene is important or it shows the viewer what is surrounding the objects or characters that are in the scene. An example of this would be when someone is reading a book and there is a cut every timer that character turns a page in the book.

Temporal Editing (Montage): Temporal editing is when cuts are used to show a period of time which could be over days or months, when it is in fact just a scene that is about 5 minutes long. This will make the viwer realise that what is happenhing is happening over a long period of time and it may be important towards the storyline of the film. One of the classic examples of this would be a training scene from a Rocky film when Rocky is training for months in preparation for a fight.

Summary: To summarise, I believe that continuity editing is vital if you want to create a successful programme or film, this is because if you have bad editing, the film wont flow as it should. The best way to tell if you have used or if you are a good editor is that you actually don’t notice the edits, this way the film is one continuous flow through the storyline.

Filmography: Rocky (1976, Directed by John G. Avildsen)

References: Information in Media workbook from a lesson on 30th October 2012.

Websites: (post information) – Accessed 05/11/12

Comments (4)

I do not see any references for this post what so ever. Please make sure you include these and demonstrate to the examiner evidence of research.

This post is still not grade C quality. Please look at Liam’s post for the quality expected.

I have added more information onto each section and I have tried to explain the points in more depth.

This is definately an improvement, well done. I now want to see you link and support your points (please see the blog review matrix). I can see you have added some references but I need to see much more. I want the examiner to see you have researched a number of websites in making this post. Please also consider uploading a weekly diary post of the progress you have or have not been making.

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