September 9, 2016 at 7:21AM
180 Degree Rule – Understand the “Line” or DIE!
You might here on set a DP or camera guy discuss the 180 Degree Rule and say:
“You can’t put the camera there, you’ll cross the line”
There’s a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots.
The 180 degree rule is a cinematography guideline that states that two characters in a scene should maintain the same left/right relationship to one another. When the camera passes over the invisible axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line and the shot becomes what is called a reverse angle. Reversing the angle is commonly thought to be disorienting and can distract the audience from the intent of the scene.
For videos explaining the 180 degree rule in detail: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/180-degree-rule/