See the moving picture


Continuity in Action (III)


James Williamson, Williamson Kinetograph Co., Great Britain, 1901

The sequence in these two shots is continuous: inside a burning house, a man who’s been overcome by smoke in an upstairs room is found by a fireman who breaks through the window (1) and carries him down a ladder to safety (2). Although the direct cut between the two shots isn’t timed as perfectly as it could be (there seems to be a slight unaccountable delay when our perspective on the action is shifted), the cut is very nearly matched: in other words, it remains fairly unobtrusive as it condenses the presentation of time and space. (A more detailed sequence from the film is analyzed in Figure 5.16.)

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