11 Crossing the line or     the 180-degree rule

You hear the phrase ‘crossing the line’ talked about a lot and you’ll hear a lot of people seeming to be quite anxious about it. This is largely because it’s quite difficult to explain. However, the good news is that it’s very easy to know when you’ve done it; the bad news is you may discover it too late. That’s why you have to get your head around it.

Crossing the line is more important in some situations than in others. It is important to understand the term if you are shooting dramas or action sequences. It is also important in factual programmes if you have two people talking to one another or if you have some kind of action sequence with people moving in and out of frame.

So what is it and ...

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