Difference Between Sequence and Scene

Sequence vs Scene

Shot, sequence, scene, etc. are terms that are heard in terms of moviemaking. These terms are also used during the production of a video for television. The most common of these terms is shot which is heard a lot during filmmaking. This is because a shot is the most basic unit of a film and, every time camera stops rolling after starting, it makes a shot. A shot is a continuous angle of view taken by a camera. The terms that confuse people the most are the scene and the sequence. This article attempts to make clear the differences between a scene and a sequence.


Several shots make up a scene, and several scenes make up a sequence. Talking of a scene, it is the action that takes continuously at a particular location. A shot is able to show only a part of the action taking place in a scene. If the actors are able to do it according to the satisfaction or liking of the director, the shot is called a take. Otherwise retake is taken, and the shot is again done. A shot is made up of an uninterrupted take, but a scene is made of up of several such shots. For the sake of simplicity, you can think of a shot as a sentence while a scene can be understood as a paragraph in a book. Obviously there are many sentences in a single paragraph.


A sequence is a grouping of many scenes that make up an event or a narrative in the movie. There are many sequences in a movie and these sequences are like chapters in a book. These sequences can be seen in isolation but together they contribute to the making of the movie as it is through these sequences that audiences can make sense of the story of the movie.

Sequence vs Scene

• A scene is a very small part of a movie that is composed of several shots.

• A sequence is a comparatively larger part of the movie that is made up of several scenes.

• Many sequences make up a complete film.