Saturday May 14, 2022

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Two Key Rules

That Video Camera

Operators Should Obey

This rule is called “crossing the line.” When the line is crossed, the subject on the screen suddenly reverses…
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This rule is called “crossing the line.” When the line is crossed, the subject on the screen suddenly reverses screen direction. A good way to cross the line is to let the audience see the subject change direction on screen. Everything in the image, including humans and objects on the set, must face the same direction as the camera moves from shot to shot.

As long as the camera stays on one side of this reference point, it can move freely from shot to shot and screen direction will be maintained. An example of this is Stanley Kubrick, who broke the rule of thirds in camera framing in his film, The Shining. This rule places the subject in the left or right third of the screen, leaving the other two thirds more open. These two rules involve screen direction and composition of the moving….

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