Thursday, December 22, 2011

Article- Intensified Continuity

Within the article, David Bordwell, discusses why continuity has intensified so much over the last few years in Hollywood cinema. Continuity is an uninterrupted succession or flow; a coherent whole. This helps films have a continuous flow and helps the movie make more sense to the audience. 

In the beginning of hollywood cinema directors would keep a steady shot and keep it running with no editing at all. As hollywood has progressed so has cutting and editing. Movie makers today do not have a continuous shot that can go on for hours. Producers can shoot one scene one day and another the next and with the final outcome, they can edit them continuously together. This shows how much technology has inproved vastly over the last few decades. "Today, most films are cut more rapidly than at any other time in US studio filmmaking." David states this within the article, which proves the point that continuity has definitely intensified over the last few decades. The technology will slowly keep progressing.

Another example that hollywood cinema has changed is with action scenes. Before the shots would stay static and the people would revolved around the camera but in film making today, the camera revolves around the actors. "More important, no film is one long action sequence." Producers have learned how to change angles from close ups to long shots or wide shots to get a variety of shots so that the audience is more interested.

"It's a shame that most films rely so much on tight close-ups all the time, filling a screen with an actor's head like you might for television" This was said by Phil Meheux and this is can show what has been lost with this change. Producers tend to use close ups to intensify the dramatic scenes but sometimes that doesn't always do a good job. A variety of shots is better than only one type. But like Phil said it depends on what type of style the director is going for.

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