This schematic shows the axis between two characters and the 180° arc on which cameras may be positioned (green). When cutting from the green arc to the red arc, the characters switch places on the screen. In film making, the 180-degree rule is a basic guideline regarding the on-screen spatial relationship between a character and another character or object within a scene. An imaginary line called the axis connects the characters, and by keeping the camera on one side of this axis for every shot in the scene, the first character is always frame right of the second character, who is then always frame left of the first. The camera passing over the axis is called jumping the line or crossing the line. Example 180 degree rule
Camera angles and movements combine to create a sequence of images, just as words, word order and punctuation combine to make the meaning of a sentence. You need a straightforward set of key terms to describe them. Describing Shots
“Know your Bolex from your Barney with our glossary of film industry terms.”A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – L – M – N – O – P – R – S – U – W – ZA A and B ROLLS - The negative of an edited film, cut to picture, but built into 2 rolls, A and B, to allow for invisible splices, instant changes of the timing lights, fades and dissolves. A roll will have all the odd numbered shots, with black leader in place of any missing shots contained on the B roll. B roll has all the even numbered shots, with black leader in place of all the shots on the A roll. Film Speak
Ever wonder what all those strange credits are when they roll by at the end of a film? I used to, until I moved to LA, where I started meeting Best Boys and Dolly Grips with their kids when I took my son to the playground—yes, Hollywood, where you meet Gaffers and Armourers at your average Saturday night house party. So I started asking questions, and here's what I've learned: 1.
Exhibits Collection -- Cinema Imagine a young child, eye level with a floor full of miniature toys, concentrating intently on building a make-believe world. To the child, the toys are not miniature figures made of plastic or wood. They are real characters with real adventures. The child frames the action, crafting scenes that unfold in a world of imagination.
Film Directing and Film Making Tips for the Independent Filmmaker » Blog Archive » The 7-Step Film Directing FormulaI’ve been working professionally in the film and TV business for 37 years. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work on industrial films, educational films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, episodic TV shows, TV movies, Indie films and Hollywood features. I’ve worked with dozens of good, mediocre and bad directors - as well as hundred’s of good, mediocre and bad actors.
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