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

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Try to Always Show Both Eyes of Your Subject

Since the eyes of your subject act as a magnet for the eyes of the viewer and much of the emotional or mental state of the character is conveyed via the eyes in a close-up or a big close-up shot, you would be well served to make sure the eyes are readily visible. We have already discussed the use of the eye light to bring attention to the eyes, but we should mention that a 3/4 profile shot is also a highly desirable blocking/camera angle to cover the individual in the closer shots.

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Figure 6.18 Find the appropriate angle for your shot, but remember to favor your talent’s eyes as much as possible. The ...

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