Screen Orientation, Eyeline, and the magic 180 Degree Rule

A couple posts ago, while discussing Requiem for a Dream, I mentioned the 180 degree line. I didn’t explain it, but it is important; it is fundamental in understanding how films work from a directing point of view. Proper, effective use of the 180 degree line (which can involve violating) is one aspect of great directing, while the misuse of the 180 degree line often results in messy, confusing filmmaking. This is because the 180 degree line is used to create screen continuity between cuts.

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When Filmmakers Don’t Trust Their Audience

 

Hi guys! Welcome back!

In last weeks article, I hinted at several new blog topics. But there’s one that I just can’t stop thinking about, so I need to write it. Hopefully, it’ll be interesting, but even if it isn’t, at least it’ll be written and I can stop thinking about it!

Just to refresh, last week article discussed how subtle filmmaking (such as expressing thoughts by turning them into actions) can be dangerous, since it requires an audience smart enough to get the subtlety. As a result, Hollywood films often go the “better safe than sorry” route and explains things the audience already knows, just in case they don’t. This runs the risk of coming off insulting, since the filmmakers do not trust their audience to get the story they are telling.

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