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Continuity Editing

Continuity editing is at the heart of moving image storytelling. Sometimes called "invisible editing", its aim is to hide the filmic elements of camerawork, composition, design and editing so that the viewer's focus is on the narrative alone. When you watch a film edited in this way, you should be so wrapped up in the story that you don't notice that you are watching a constructed piece of film.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How the viewers' attention is focussed through centring;
  • The importance of the180° line rule;
  • How shot combinations can aid the storytelling.