TAG: 180 Degree Rule

screen direction

How Does the 180° Rule Work, anyway?

by Blain Brown

The Purpose of Screen Direction Screen direction serves two important purposes: it gives the audience clues about the story and it helps keep the audience from getting confused about where someone is or what they are doing. Avoiding confusion is the fundamental reason for all film continuity. Directional Conventions The classic example of this is…

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The 180° Rule

by John Rosenberg

Since film takes place on a two-dimensional plane it is important to maintain screen direction so the audience remains properly oriented in terms of movement and eyelines. This is accomplished by following the 180º Rule. The rule states that all action must take place within an imaginary 180º degree arc. Anything on the other side…

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