The art of shot/reverse shot in the the films of the Coen brothers

Friday, February 26, 2016

Film fan Tony Zhou takes a look at the masterful use of wide-lens cameras and the "shot/reverse shot" technique by filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen, in the latest episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously), co-written with Taylor Ramos.
How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.
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