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Brandan Vanderpool
potential line of action violation
on Jul 6, 2014 at 1:36:42 am

I have a sequence where shots A and B cross the line but have an insert between them to properly reset. However, since the line of action for the insert is actually inherited from the A shot, it still might appear slightly jarring. I want to re-camera, but the director and producers don't see the problem. Is there a technical term I can use to prove my case?

ShotA: attacker on screen right disarms defender screen left. Weapon flies off camera screen left.

Insert: disarmed weapon travels from foreground screen right to background screen left. The action is continued from prev shot.

ShotB: attacker and defender swap sides of the screen and camera has effectively crossed the line but was supposed to establish a new one.


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Rick Wise
Re: potential line of action violation
on Jul 6, 2014 at 2:21:39 am

Without seeing the shots this is hard to parse. Bottom line: is the viewer confused, or is the viewer quite clear about where things and people are? Very often, crossing the line works just fine, either because of a CU or a long shot. "There are no absolute rules."

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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