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The Filmmaker's Eye by Gustavo Mercado

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over the shoulder shot

These shots are widely used whenever an exchange between two or more characters takes place, or when a character is looking at something. The name refers to the placement of the camera directly behind the shoulder of one of the characters, partially obstructing the frame, while the principal character faces the lens (other body parts, like hips and shoulders can also be used). The inclusion of the character with his back to the camera creates depth in the frame by adding a foreground layer to the main character and background planes. The O.T.S. shot, also known as a dirty single, is normally accomplished using medium shots, medium close ups, or close ups (although wider shots can be used). In cases of a dialogue exchange, ...

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