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Filming a Conversation – Joel and Ethan Coen

“Tragedy is a close-up, Comedy is a long shot”

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?  In this episode of Every Frame a Painting, filmmaker Tony Zhou takes a look at the films of Joel and Ethan Coen and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.

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