When you're shooting your 60 Second Shakespeare, you'll want to use various different camera angles to make it interesting.
Here's a guide to some of the most common shots, and what they're used for. Most of these shots are of a scene from Macbeth. Once you've viewed them on their own, it might be interesting how they can be edited together into a whole scene
- this shot takes in as much of the scene as possible, and is useful for establishing the scene. It's not very good for showing emotions or details though. View a scene from Macbeth in longshot »
- a very common shot, this usually shows actors from about chest height up. It's very useful for showing conversations and interactions between characters. View a scene from Macbeth in medium shot »
- this shot focuses closely on one detail, usually someone's face. It's good for showing emotions, but doesn't give much information on what else might be happening. View a scene from Macbeth in close-up »
Over the shoulder
- this shot is achieved by putting the camera just over one actor's shoulder and shooting almost from their point of view. It's very useful for shooting convincing conversations.View an over-the-shoulder shot from Macbeth »
General views (GVs)
- GVs are shots of details which could fit in anywhere. They're very useful when editing - if you need to cover up something that went a bit wrong, a GV will usually do the trick.View some GV footage »
"Crossing the line" is what happens when your actors suddenly swap which side of the screen they're on. Avoid doing it - it's very distracting.
View this clip of a scene from Macbeth to see how odd it looks - the last shot "crosses the line."
In a scene with two characters, you can avoid accidentally "crossing the line", by imagining a line drawn between the eyes of the characters. Now, always keep the camera on the same side of that line, and you won't go wrong.