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  • The 180 degree rule

    Like all rules, it's meant to be broken, but to avoid confusing the viewer(unless that's your intention) this is rule used by many film makers, self included. It keeps the continuity of the scene(s) and keep the area(space) stabilized.

    here's a rough sketch below.



    If you want a two-shot(both characters in view) use camera #1(your main camera)

    If you want close ups of character A or B, use camera #2 or #3 respectively.

    For reverse angle shots, do the same setup, just on opposite sides.

    and that's pretty much it

    Most of you probably already know this basic stuff, but figured i'd post something for the newbs.

    and again these rules are meant to broken also, depending on what you're shooting
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    I know this rule as this: Don't cross the Line. The "Line" is the imaginary line from one subject to another.

    Failure to observe the rule will result in cuts (whether from editing or switching between multiple cameras) where a person who is looking at another person will appear to be looking in the wrong direction. That is because when you cross the Line, the person who appeared to be looking left will now appear appear to be facing right.
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      I know this rule as this: Don't cross the Line. The "Line" is the imaginary line from one subject to another.

      Failure to observe the rule will result in cuts (whether from editing or switching between multiple cameras) where a person who is looking at another person will appear to be looking in the wrong direction. That is because when you cross the Line, the person who appeared to be looking left will now appear appear to be facing right.


      exactly, it also changes up the background which will look quite odd lol

      but you can break this rule for fight scenes or where you are purposely trying to disorient the viewer.
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