Basic Sequence: The Process
Classical Hollywood editing or continuity
Gives the viewer the impression that the action unfolds with spatiotemporal consistency. In most films, logical coherence is achieved by cutting using the conventions of classical Hollywood or continuity editing which emphasizes smooth transition of time and space:
The most important thing to remember about classical Hollywood or continuity editing is that it is invisible. To make shots flow together unnoticed takes a lot of planning.
First you start with a screenplay:
Storyboarding involves making a visual representation of what the script will look like onscreen. This helps you block out the script and decide all of the different shots you need to create the scene.
Blocking: a scene is simply “working out the details of an actor's moves in relation to the camera.” --New York Film Academy
Storyboarding is also essential to classical Hollywood or continuity editing because the visual representation allows you to plan how all of the cuts will work together. A storyboard can help you make cinematographic decisions that create invisible edits. For instance, you can plan to overlap viewer attention by cutting between shots where the viewer's eye is directed at the same point on the frame.