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Putting the camera over the 180 degree line?

The action line/axis, 180 degree rule, whatever, you know what I mean… when you can only position a camera to one side of the line of action… when shooting a conversation, what’s the point to putting it on the wrong side? I’ve noticed that Kubrick did it with the drill instructor yelling at the cadets in Full Metal Jacket, and I’ve also noticed Wong Kar Wai likes to do it a lot.

if u cross the 180 degree line during a conversation, it will look as though the two characters have switched places, and are therefore looking in the same direction.

the best thing to do is to try it. cross the line, watch it back and then youll see how daft it looks.

agreed, 90 % of the time its confusing