Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Over-the-shoulder shots, part of Cinematic Composition for Video Productions.
- The most traditional approach when shooting…a dialogue scene between two or more characters…is over the shoulder or OTS.…To cut between one character and another,…we need different angles of coverage…so we place the camera directly behind…the shoulder of one of the characters…blocking a small part of the frame…and adding additional depth.…The main character would be facing the camera.…The 180-degree rule, also known as the line…of action, is simply a way to organize camera…angles to preserve consistent screen direction and space.…
In practical terms, the camera should always…be placed on only one side of an imaginary line…created by the moving direction or sometimes…looking direction of our actors.…If we break this rule or we cross the line,…our editor most likely will have…a hard time matching shots.…Here we can see how disorganized a dialogue scene…can feel if the 180-degree rule is not followed.…
These would be more appropriate angles…to cover this scene, much less confusing.…The over-the-shoulder shot is also known…
- The basics of composition
- Exploring the rule of thirds
- Comparing balanced and unbalanced compositions
- Understanding the importance of using establishing shots
- Working with point of view
- Modifying the height of the camera
- Understanding the lines of a scene
- Creating depth
- Incorporating unusual or unexpected angles
- Knowing when to break the rules
- Using viewfinder apps
Skill Level Intermediate
Video Foundations: Interviewswith Anthony Q. Artis1h 55m Intermediate
Video Production: Location Lightingwith Anthony Q. Artis59m 35s Intermediate
Camera Movement for Video Productionswith Eduardo Angel46m 48s Intermediate
1. Framing a Shot: The Basics of Composition
2. Establishing a Scene
3. Perspective and Movement
4. Dynamic Composition
5. Breaking the Rules
6. Technical Considerations
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