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Rule of 180

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

The Frame

Shot Types



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Since the majority of movies involve people in the frame, understanding how to best frame them is critical. Subtle camera changes can have a tremendous impact on how the audience perceives a character, and knowing these techniques will enhance your options as a director.
In this module, you will learn techniques for framing people from lead room to headroom, how networks and major studios influence framing choices of their programs, how to use single and dirty shots to convey connection or distance between characters, and how directors and cinematographers decide on common guidelines for each production.
Combine the power of your actors’ performance with strong cinematic technique to create compelling scenes in your movie.


  • 17:19 video that shows you techniques for framing people
  • Complete resource guide


  • How to properly frame people
  • Lead room and how to use it
  • Head room and how to use it
  • How to communicate with the director, cinematographer and camera operator to get the look you're going for
  • How to frame multiple actors
  • Working with over the shoulder shots
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston