Reservoir Dogs

Editing – The 180-degree rule (Part 2)

As we have seen in part 1, the 180-degree rule is based on two kinds of action planes: ‘directional’ and ‘relational’ planes. Keeping the camera on the same side of those planes during a scene brings a sense of spatial consistency to the shots, even when characters don’t or remotely relate to each other Continue reading

Dynamic contrast – Camera moves

Since the beginning of our exploration of image contrast in storytelling, we have only considered still images. But moving the camera can change composition and let light sources into the frame, increasing image contrast and therefore tension. Let’s see how a camera move can build up contrast in a shot. Continue reading