Shot/Reverse Shot By The Coen Brothers


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Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos examine Joel and Ethan Coen’s masterful use of the shot/reverse shot. To wit:

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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