The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

4.3 The More the Merrier

Director George Stevens supplied his editor with ample coverage for this scene. The scene is never confusing, but there are so many angles that some of the shot transitions violate the 180-degree rule. Note that there was a good practical reason why director George Stevens did not move the camera until the end of the scene. Movement would have restricted the editor’s options, thereby nullifying a key advantage of master-and-coverage technique.

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