Continuity Editing as System

  • James Mairata


Before determining the ways Spielberg customises style, it is important to first acknowledge some of the main stylistic devices that function under the umbrella of the classical continuity system. Among these, Spielberg rigorously observes the conventions of the shot, reverse shot arrangement, subjective and point-of-view shot construction, and the multiple angle coverage of space. Yet I argue these are the very elements of the continuity system that he also uniquely modifies and that form the foundation of the wide reverse. This chapter examines these fundamental aspects of classical style within the context of conventional usage. Understanding how these devices operate conventionally will assist in comprehending the points of difference that make up the innovative aspects of Spielberg’s style, which are examined in the following chapters.


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  • James Mairata
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  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversitySydneyAustralia

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