Research on Shot Reverse Shot

Shot Reverse Shot is a commonly used film technique where one character is shown looking at another character (often off-screen), and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character.

Typically an establishing shot is used first to show the two characters; e.g. if they’re having a conservation or facing each other, this allows the viewer to orientate themselves with the action.

Example

1)

establishing shot
This is the establishing shot for the conservation. The mise en scene is quite a dark and mysterious atmosphere suggesting a discussion that is discrete and insubordinate.

2)

shot one
This is the first shot in the shot reverse shot sequence, it shows one character from the other characters direction. This is a loosely framed mid shot, this shot is used to reflect on character as free, without purpose. This is the scene where the character is recruited, therefore given purpose. It also creates the idea that the character has his own life away from that of the characters we’ve witnessed, this is supported by the featured backdrop of the bustling town below.

3)

reverse shot
This is the first reverse shot in shot reverse shot sequence, it shows the second character from the first characters direction. This is a tightly framed medium close up, perhaps to show that the character has a clear goal, it also makes him intense and therefore persuasive. It makes the character seem more in control, giving him leadership aspects, inviting the audience to trust him.

4)

shot two
This is another shot, just like the 1st it also shows the first character from the second characters direction.

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