December 20, 2014 at 11:39PM
The Dead Centre, Dead Front Shot
I've been directing for almost a decade now and I have always enjoyed watching films/works with the dead centre/dead frontal shot whether it's a wide shot or a MCU or CU, it seems that when a backdrop is really nice, this kind of shot can work for really emotionally intimate scenes.
However, on set, many times I've asked my DOPs to give me this shot because I felt that shot would work but many prefer to do it at an angle which really removes a lot of the visual/emotional impact of the shot.
Sometimes it's understandable. Usually it's a space constraint but a lot of the time, they say there's no depth. But how can that be? Depth can be created by just moving the subject closer to the camera in the foreground and defocusing the background or using lights to create a highlighted subject right?
Has anyone else experienced this problem on set and how do you negotiate getting the shots you want with your DOP & crew?