Let me clear some film terminology
up. In film
" is used very specifically
for reasons that are the result of lack of specifics
. Let me define
a bit here.
A sequence can be:
- A series of shots.
- A series of scenes.
- A series of events that are not a particular scene or shot.
- A way of describing a nebula in film.
This word is abuse
d a whole lot by real fan
s of film. It sucks, because they could communicate
their ideas more effective
ly with more industry-standard terminology
, especially when talking to academic film freak
s like me and actual industry professional
all-out film fag
The more common usage
of this word is number one up there. A sequence as a series of shots is usually used to describe shots that go through the end of one scene and the beginning of the next, or to describe a nebulous
scene that takes place in more than one location but is still the same scene, or other weird begging-for-semantic-argument situations
The absolute best usage of the word in film context
. Don't use it. Say "that part where" or talk about the actual scene
you mean. Sequence is a bad wildcard
word. However, there are times when it's needed, so I've provided some stable
s of a sequence would be in Mallrats
gets the shit kicked out of him and then Jay and Silent Bob
go kick the Easter Bunny
's ass. Or like the sequence in Goodfellas
where Joe Pesci
runs into that old made guy
and then they like kick the fuck out of him and then they take him out to nowhere and he knifes the piss out of him
and he's all like "What do ya wanna tell me now, tough guy?
" (Note: these examples do not mean a sequence always consists of ass kicking)
I've helped clear things up
of some words really bother
s me, and this one's gotten to me lately.