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#1 Jeff Webster

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 03:21 PM

I am shooting a short coming up and have decided on most of the shots, but am having a little difficulty figuring out the exact shots for the office scene.

There are three people, a man and a woman on one side of the desk leaning on it, and the boss sitting in his chair on the other side.

My question is, what would be the OTS and clean single shots I would get to maintain the viewer's mental map?

I feel like if I shoot from over the boss' shoulder, getting both clean singles of the man and the woman, they will both be looking in the same direction.

Also, would it be weird if I shot an OTS over the man's left shoulder, and then another OTS over the girl's left shoulder? I'm just having trouble deciding.

Thanks to anyone who as any ideas. However small your advice may be, it'll be useful to me.

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-Jeff
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 05:42 PM

I'd get OTSs and clean singles from whichever side of the boss you want. Get 2 shots of the couple. Then, I would get both dirty and clean singles from between the couple. As long as you establish that position with the dirty single (sort of an over the shoulders) the audience will the get the benefit of knowing who the boss is talking to depending on which side of camera his eyeline goes to.

Edited by Chris Keth, 01 May 2007 - 05:43 PM.

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