The 180 Rule

This is a controversial subject when it really shouldn't be.

It's just a tool.

Like figural representation in painting, the rule of thirds in photography, or the hero's journey in screenwriting - it's an idea that's better to have in your toolbox, than not.

You can use it, you can throw it away, you can keep what you like.

The idea is simple:

There is an imaginary line coming out of a subject, splitting the person in half.

There's the left half, and the right half.

When filming a person, especially in a documentary setting, when you film one side of the line, it's good hygiene to film the reverse from the same side of the line, as pictured:

If you want (or need) to jump the line to capture something - go ahead!

Do it!

This is not meant to be a prison for your videography.

It's simply a way to capture satisfying, continuous, editorially-sound footage.

It's a film grammar everyone unconsciously understands since it mimics the back-and-forth head movement of a voyeur watching something unfold.

Ego Death

Filming Wide From Behind