Continuity Definition and 44 Discussions

In fiction, continuity is a consistency of the characteristics of people, plot, objects, and places seen by the reader or viewer over some period of time. It is relevant to several media.
Continuity is particularly a concern in the production of film and television due to the difficulty of rectifying an error in continuity after shooting has wrapped up. It also applies to other art forms, including novels, comics, and video games, though usually on a smaller scale. It also applies to fiction used by persons, corporations, and governments in the public eye.
Most productions have a script supervisor on hand whose job is to pay attention to and attempt to maintain continuity across the chaotic and typically non-linear production shoot. This takes the form of a large amount of paperwork, photographs, and attention to and memory of large quantities of detail, some of which is sometimes assembled into the story bible for the production. It usually regards factors both within the scene and often even technical details, including meticulous records of camera positioning and equipment settings. The use of a Polaroid camera was standard but has since been replaced by digital cameras. All of this is done so that, ideally, all related shots can match, despite perhaps parts being shot thousands of miles and several months apart. It is an inconspicuous job because if done perfectly, no one will ever notice.
In comic books, continuity has also come to mean a set of contiguous events, sometimes said to be "set in the same universe."

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  1. H

    I Understanding an argument in Intermediate Value Theorem

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  2. H

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  3. B

    Show that f such that f(x+cy)=f(x)+cf(y) is continuous

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  4. hilbert2

    I Idea about single-point differentiability and continuity

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  5. S

    Why the B-W Theorem is used when proving continuity implies uniform continuity?

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  6. hilbert2

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  7. M

    I Determining continuity using Gauss' law

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  8. M

    I Showing that B has no discontinuities at the surface

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  9. T

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  10. W

    I Continuity of Green's function

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  11. S

    A Can quantum cellular automata simulate quantum continuous processes?

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  12. T

    Showing that an exponentiation is continuous -- Help please....

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  13. Peter Alexander

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  14. EEristavi

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  15. M

    Can somebody tell me what this topic is?

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  16. S

    Prove Continuity of f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)

    Homework Statement f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y) for all x,y∈ℝ if f is continuous at a point a∈ℝ then prove that f is continuous for all b∈ℝ. Homework Equations lim{x->a}f(x) = f(a) The Attempt at a Solution I do not understand how to prove the continuity, does f(x) = f(a) or does f(x+y) = f(a)
  17. S

    Proving the Continuity From Below Theorem

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  18. Oats

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  19. hilbert2

    A Field strength measurement and continuity

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  20. M

    Variations of Regular Curves problem

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  21. doktorwho

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  22. S

    I Differentiability of multivariable functions

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  23. A

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  24. It's me

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  25. A

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  26. E

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  27. S

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  28. BiGyElLoWhAt

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  29. 0

    Is this a correct proof of a function's continuity?

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  30. wololo

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  31. leafjerky

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  32. Titan97

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  33. Titan97

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  34. A

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  35. Y

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  36. H

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  37. kostoglotov

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  38. S

    Limit and continuity question

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  39. V

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  40. J

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  41. S

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  42. W

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  43. Corin511

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  44. S

    Continuous Functions - Apostal's One-Variable Calculus

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