Follow the eyes
- Worrying about eyeballs
- Now it gets even more complicated.
- Case 1 - The camera is passive
- In most cases, the camera is only a passive observer of the conversation. In that case, DRAW THE EYEBALLS!!! Where do the eyes of the actors point?
- By that, I mean that the eyeballs of the actors will point to either on one side of the actor's face or the other. ALWAYS!!!!
- The rule
- Unless the camera crosses the line while the camera is filming, an actor's eyes will always appear to look either to the left or to the right CONSTANTLY throughout the scene. It never changes. (If it does, you have made a mistake.)
- To repeat
- When the camera is a passive observer, the eyeballs of the actor will not point into the camera but rather the pupil of the eye will point to one side or to the other side of the camera... AND WILL REMAIN ON THAT SIDE FOR THE ENTIRE SCENE.
- This is a side effect of the "Don't cross the line" rule. If you do not cross the line (which is good), then each actor's eyes will ALWAYS point to the same side for the entire scene. If this changes, the audience will be come
- When things go wrong
- If you accidently "cross the line" between the shots of a scene then, not only does the positions of the actors change (the actor on the left is now the actor on the right), but also the eyes of the actor will be pointed in a different direction. (Not good!)
- The actor's point of view
The exception is when the camera sees what the actor is seeing. Then the other actor's eyes will look directly into the camera. Then the eyeballs are straight forward. Perfectly centered. Not left and not right.
Therefore, this is the exception to the rule that the actor's eyes will continually point to just one side of his face for the entire scene.
The actor looks at the camera therefore the camera represents one of the actors in the scene.