Shooting Singles and Eyelines (3 replies and 3 comments)
Hi Roger, thank you so much for your work.
My question has to do with coverage, shooting singles and camera angle to subject.
How do you go about planning and matching eyelines? Im having trouble getting a grasp beforehand to the shoot on where the camera should be between character's eyes so that they are "looking at each other". It would be shot/turnover singles after a master. My question is on procedure I guess.
All responses welcome.
Thank you again, greetings from Argentina
Yes, you block the scene with the actors and then set the camera with a stand in. Then adjust when the actors come back on set. It really is pretty straightforward and also a little subjective whether one way works an another doesn't.
Here is the basics in case that is what you are asking:
No thats not it. I understand the rule and screen direction. And this is also a "pick your brain" regarding what he, or anyone, looks for in this regard.
Its about the eyeline, the actual line. Not just if he is looking camera right or left. The height of the camera with respect to the eyes, not just the angle from the 180 line. If you watch closely is exact.
A practical way to do it is to use a stand in or the actual other actor when you are shooting, in the exact position that the action is taking place...this takes care of the vertical height calculation. So where "K" is sitting down, the camera would shoot up, from "K's" eye height, at Sapper Morton, who is standing, and the reverse shot is at Sapper's eye height, looking down at "K" who is seated. Use the "180 rule" as a guide, and position your camera on one side of an imaginary line between the two actors. There are may variations to how far off the "eyeline" you want to be. I would practice with some stand ins off the set and find out what you like.