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We’ve all noticed movies where for example an actor suddenly changes clothing from shot to shot breaking the timeline. It is totally distracting.
On movie sets one (ore more) person will have dedicated responsibility for continuity. On our more modest productions we have the responsibility to keep an eye out for such distractions. We should try to dive with the same buddy, whose kit is consistent.
Here’s a list of things to look out for.
Setting: all articles or subjects should remain in the same relative positions. Underwater this is not such a problem as fish on a reef look like more fish on a reef, but if you have shots on one wreck for example, don’t mix them with shots of an obviously different wreck.
Lighting: the angle and direction of light should be consistent.
Dive Gear: watch out for tiny differences with your buddy, like wearing a snorkel on different sides on different dives.
Action: from shot to shot, if movement is involved, then for example, arm or hand movement should have continuity.
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