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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 5th Edition by Videomaker

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45 Screen Direction

Robert G. Nulph

Screen direction is perhaps one of the most confusing yet easily remedied problems in directing a video production.

We are often tempted to place our cameras so that we get the cool background behind our talent as they move through the landscape. However, sometimes when we move the camera, we inadvertently change the direction the talent is looking. In this column, we will take a look at the 180-degree rule, continuity, cutting on action, camera and talent movement and basic blocking. Never again will you have to resort to the age-old trick of reversing the image because the talent is looking ...

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