a. In order to achieve good pictorial continuity, the camera operator
and the editor must use the basic shot sequence. Unless otherwise called by
the story, the basic shot sequence - long shot (LS), medium shot (MS), and
close-up (CU) should be used.
In many instances, the basic shot sequence
can be expanded to include the extreme long shot (ELS) and the extreme
b. As a video tape editor, you cannot go to work until the camera
In order to achieve good pictorial continuity, it is
imperative that the camera operator/editor follow certain requirements which
will make the editing job easier and more efficient.
(1) Figure 1-9 shows a long shot.
As the name implies, the LS is
taken at some distance from the subject. It is usually the first shot of
the sequence and it establishes the locality of the area and lets the
audience know exactly where the action is taking place.
(2) The medium shot introduces the action and the audience becomes
taken at a distance closer than that of the long shot either by moving the
camera closer to the subject or by zooming in (fig 1-10).