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Editing – Breaking the 180-degree rule (Part 3)

In part 3, we will see that inverting characters’ positions on screen by breaking the 180-degree rule is a common way to bring out a shift in power between opposing characters. The temporary loss of bearings it causes on the audience’s side is also very frequently used to describe minor to major turning points Continue reading

Scaling up – Truck in (Part 2)

In this page, we will see how truck-ins can be used to depict characters’ emotions and mental activity. As before, in order to let you compare the differences between truck-ins and zoom-ins, both articles share the same structure. Continue reading

Focus – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 1)

In many ways, ‘focus blur’ is very similar to the concept of ‘translucent overlay’, which is why it shows up now. If you think about it, there are few differences between subjects that are out of focus and Continue reading

Mental shot scales – The Close Shots (Part 1)

Close Shots? Why would there be a need for different Close Shots (CS)? Isn’t one CS enough? Before we dive into their definitions and uses, I’d like to show you some stunning examples from famous movies. As you’ll see, they demonstrate the need for different CSs better than a lengthy speech. Continue reading