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The Frame

Shot Types

Framing People


Creating Depth

Rule of 180

Learn about screen direction and how you can maintain it correctly with the rule of 180

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The audience only sees what you point the camera at, and as filmmakers, the stories we tell must exist within the boundaries of the frame.  The way we choose to place our subjects in the frame significantly affect the audience’s visual perception of the story and invoke subtle – yet powerful emotions.
In this module you will learn compositional techniques including the rule of thirds, how the great painters used mathematical principals like the golden ratio to create the perfectly composed images, how to balance line, color, and shape, and then how to break these rules.
Learn from the masters and harness the power of the frame to create compelling, story-supporting visuals in your movie.


  • 21:48 video on techniques for composing your subject in the frame
  • Complete resource guide
  • Extensive Framing Guide


  • Frame division and placement of subjects in the frame
  • Important compositional guidelines and their importance when framing a shot
  • The rule of thirds and how it can be used and broken as a powerful storytelling tool
  • The Golden Ratio and the Golden Rectangle
  • Composing for lines and area
  • How to adapt framing guidelines for different aspect ratios
  • How to frame a subject using:
    • Pictoral balance
    • Unity
    • Visual patterns
    • Leading lines
    • Scale
    • Subject prominence
    • Impressions of the subject
    • Composition and color
    • Composition and motion
    • Dynamic composition
“Well done. Interesting and gave a great deal of good, solid information. Love the whole concept and think it is a breakthrough for this type of teaching.”
   - Lisa Seguin, Grove City College