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Grammar of the Shot, 3rd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen

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Chapter Five

Will It Cut? Shooting for Editing

  • Continuity and Performance
  • Continuity and Screen Direction
  • The 180 Degree Rule
  • The 30 Degree Rule
  • Coverage with Matching Shots
  • Eye-Line Matching

It is important to remember that the planning and recording of your shots is only one part of the visual storytelling process. No matter what type of motion image project you need to create, the scripting stage is the basis for the content – the “story.” The careful filmmaker will generate shot lists and storyboards from the script – think of these as the “paper edit.” He or she will have a vision of what the final project should look like. Production yields the actual picture and sound files that can be accomplished in the reality of shooting. It is during ...

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