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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BLK HWK 2a: Continuity Sequence Analysis - 'The Accident'

Continuity Sequence Analysis: 'The Accident'

12E Group 1 'Accident' Video (link)

What techniques did you specifically use to create continuity (narrative flow) in your accident sequence?

To create continuity in our sequence, we use match-on-action shots, cross cutting, a master-shot. We cross-cut between the narratives of the two characters, as one rushed to his destination and the other casually walked, and as the two paths converged we used a master-shot to indicate the spaces which they both had started from originally. We matched action from one shot to the next at a different angle aiming to create a seamless flowing narrative even with the cross cutting.

b) In hindsight, what could you do to improve the continuity (narrative flow) of the sequence?

It would have proved continuity in terms of the audience's perspective if we showed the master-shot earlier in the sequence, perhaps with a slight pan across the space to more obviously show where everything is. Our master-shot barely showed the edges of where one of the characters would emerge from when the cross-cut sequence converged, which may have made identifying geographical position unclear for the audience. Also, the position of the camera in the shot where the hurrying character runs away meant that he could not be in the right place to run without a continuity error - he ran to the right of the camera, but the camera would have been in the path he should have ran through. To account for this more planning would have helped; distinguishing exact positioning on set would give us better insight of where everything physically was. The brief we were assigned asked for 6 shots but due to human errors with the camera only 5 recorded, despite taking 6 shots. This disrupted the narrative flow and made it seem as if my character jumped in space between the fourth and fifth shot. To alleviate ourselves of this issue we could have familiarised ourselves better with the cameras before taking shots, ensuring all recordings are successful.

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