Film-making Rules

Theatrical Design

LEAD ROOM/LEAD SPACE aka NOSE ROOM:

Leave some room! If your actor is looking off screen to the left, leave room to the left. If the character is looking into the edge of the frame, it creates a sense of awkwardness and makes the viewer uncomfortable. It’s as if they’re about to fall out of the frame.

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Especially if the subject is moving across the frame, make sure to give them room to “walk into”

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Head Room: 

Don’t decapitate your actors! From LS to MS, even MCU, make sure to give the head some room at the top, but also be careful of too much room…it will make the character seem much smaller. In a CU, usually frame the face so the top of the frame is along the mid-point of the actor’s forehead. For info on how to frame a close-up, check out this resource!

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RULE OF THIRDS: 

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EDIT CHALLENGE – Color Grading

Cinestudy (formerly Framelines) presents an Interactive Editing Project! Anyone can download the clips and edit the scene together! This one is not only about cutting the shots together, but also manipulating the color, which in turn should shape how the viewers perceive the scene.

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