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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Look Room

Our composition of this individual is getting better, but the center framing is not working so well. Notice how the face in the center of the screen is looking off to the side—at someone or something yet to be shown in another shot. A centralized framing like this is very solid but perhaps it is too uniform, too symmetrical, or too compositionally boring. Let us create more look room (Figure 2.5).

Look room (also called looking room or nose room) is the empty space that we have provided within the frame, between the talent’s eyes and the edge of the frame opposite the face. It is this empty area, or “negative space” that helps balance out this new frame where the weight of the object (the talent’s head) occupies frame left and the weight ...

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