Homework 7/7: Editing and the Theory of Linear Structure


Start by reading the following:

  • Chapter 11. The Practice of Linear Structure in Making Media [1]

Keep notes in your notebook as you read and jot down questions to look up later or ask about during class discussion.

After you finish the readings, engage in the following activities: [2]


  1. As you watch videos, movies, or television shows this week, consider how the works are structured. Note examples of continuity, montage, and verbally driven structure. Be aware of how often the approaches are combined, and determine which approach is the dominant structuring device. Reflect on this in your notebook.
  2. Watch the videos in Video Playlist 7 in Video Playlists and write a brief response to each of the videos in your notebook.


  1. Describe in your notebook one of the examples of continuity, montage, and verbally driven structure that you have observed recently in your viewing of videos, movies, or television shows and wrote about this week using concepts and terminology from "Chapter 11. The Practice of Linear Structure".
  2. Describe in your notebook a real or hypothetical example of how you might apply "The Practice of Linear Structure" in your work for Video 4. Final Project. This activity is intended to inform your final project planning. 


Practice using the following terms in various sentences to demonstrate that you understand the concept's meaning and how to use it to describe media production practices and artifacts. If you’re not sure about a term, review the reading. You will use these terms in writing, discussion, description, and analysis of works, so take some time to review the reading if the concepts are unclear. 

  • 180-degree line
  • B-roll
  • continuity
  • deductive reasoning
  • eyeline
  • gaffer’s tape 
  • inductive reasoning
  • informed consent
  • jump cut
  • location release
  • matched cut
  • materials release
  • montage
  • motivated edit
  • personal release
  • reverse angle
  • set safety
  • sound bite
  • talent release
  • verbally driven structure

  1. Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production by Jan Roberts-Breslin (4th edition, Routledge, 2018), is available for online reading from O'Reilly Media (requires subscription or access through your educational institution). E-book and print editions are also available from booksellers including Amazon. If you choose to purchase, I suggest the newer edition↩︎
  2. Acknowledgment: This text is based, in part, on the "Putting it into practice” sections in Making Media and has been revised better to fit the structure and learning objectives of the course.↩︎