Watch this sequence from Hitchcock's The Birds. It's an excellent example of continuity and uses the techniques we've seen in class this week.
After watching it, try and work out:
- How many shots are there?
- Where was the camera positioned for each shot?
- Which principles of continuity editing have been followed?
Then you're ready to write an analysis of shots and techniques used in this sequence to demonstate your understanding of them. You can use the following questions for guidance:
1. What principles of continuity are used here? How successfully? Refer to specific shots / screengrabs.
2. What is the effect of the editing on the viewer? What are we meant to feel at different stages? (ie before she enters the house, in the kitchen, in the corridor, in the bedroom, running away)?
3. What is the 'best bit' for you in this sequence in terms of learning new techniques and why?
Continuity editing is all about making your film work in a logical way (ordering the shots logically) so the audience can follow it easily and enjoy the story y without being confused; they are properly 'positioned'.
Can you remember all the techniques/ principles discussed in class? Can you find some examples of these techniques in other films (embed)?
Find and embed a film extract that makes good use of continuity. Grab a few shots and comment on techniques used (bullet points)
Next triple, you will be shooting your preliminary task. Ahead of the lesson, you need to have written a post (title: Preliminary Task Pre-Production) explaining who you will be shooting with (teams of 3), where, and include the script. You can start your storyboard and insert some of your shots. In the lesson, you will only have limited time to for pre-production, so the more you do ahead of time, the better.
... and look again at the example below:
ANYTHING ELSE THAT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED MUST BE COMPLETED BY NEXT TRIPLE WITHOUT FAIL. Go back to earlier posts for details.