Continuity editing is the method of editing a film so it goes in a natural sequence. By creating this sequence, a film becomes a lot more easier to understand and overall, a better film. The viewer can engage with the film, and delve deeper into the world of it. Below is an example of continuity editing:
As you can see, when the camera is switching between scenes, the characters clothes, positions and background stays the same. This lets us, the viewer, know that this is all happening at the same time, in the same place, thus giving us a sense of continuity. This scene also has the 180 degree rule. The director will make sure that he shoots a conversation from the same side, so that the characters mirror each other. By doing this, we know that they characters are talking to each other, face to face. This also adds to the continuity of the whole scene. For a movie to have continuity, everything must have the same feel and look. Each shot must lead on from the last, unless there is a clear ending of a scene. The only time you can have a jump shot is if you meaningfully insert a clear jump cut. You can’t have a film shot on a black and white camera, then jump to a scene in full 1080p HD colour which has been animated. It would disrupt the whole sequence of events, make the movie seem unrealistic, and ruin the overall continuity.