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Top Ten Video Mistakes: 9. Framing

9. Poor Framing

There are framing techniques that come from photography, and then there are techniques that are rooted in theater and its evolution into modern film.  They are worth studying because if you can speak in the language of film then your work will look professional.

The “Rule of Thirds,” for example, is applied when framing people:  Place the person’s eyeline – the center of interest – roughly one third from the top of the screen.

“Leading Lines” are another example:  When following action – say, a person walking from left to right – keep the camera on the people, but keep more space in front of them than behind, suggesting the direction they’re heading.

An excellent book on the language of film is “Film Directing Shot by Shot” by Steven D. Katz.

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