“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.