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alternative for OTS (3 replies and 2 comments)

Vanniyan
8 months ago
Vanniyan 8 months ago

Dear roger you have said OTS shots tend to put the audience in the position of an observer rather than of a character within the story. if i cant make OTS shot in tighter space how to put the audience in the position of an observer. I mean what is the alternative shot for OTS. How do you decide this shot should be shoot OTS and this shot should not be shot on?

Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

You could try a mirror! If there is no space there are few options open to you.

Making the judgement between the two stylistic choices is something that is made during prep and through discussions between you and the director. For the most part Joel and Ethan Coen like to shoot singles rather than over the shoulder shots. That is their 'style'. But there are exceptions. 'Fargo' was a film which they wanted to feel more observational and there are individual scenes in many other films of theirs.

A film that takes the idea of point of view to quite an extreme is 'Come and See'. The change of perspective is very effective.

Vanniyan
8 months ago

Thank you roger. I will watch "come and see"

calitrav
7 months ago

Gosh, I think I may finally know why I don't like OTS shots very much!

If you'd asked me why before I read this, I might have said "well all of the cuts can be a bit distracting" and "there's always that big blurry mass of a head and shoulder in the foreground that rarely serves any purpose" but that didn't quite suffice to explain it.

Thanks for articulating this Roger 🙂

Vanniyan
8 months ago
Vanniyan 8 months ago

Dear master roger watched "Fargo" movie. Yes there was more OTS. First beginning jerry meet henchmen's, jerry and his family dining table conversation, Gustafo office, mike and Marge at hotel. I want to ask mike and Marge meeting in hotel. When mike waiting for Marge there was a dolly pushing then Marge frame left entry. What stylish approach that was? I have seen same stylish approach in NCFOM also. Can you talk about.

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Roger Deakins
8 months ago
Roger Deakins 8 months ago

That's a kind of standard shot where you give the impression to the audience of a characters pov and then that character enters frame. Its quite a commonly used shot.

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