180 degree rule

Filmic guideline dictating that reciprocating characters in the same scene always need to have the same spatial relationship to each other.


  • Convention of the continuity editing method
  • Dictates the offscreen space axis
  • Non continuous filmic design tend not to follow this rule to the point (Ozu’s filmic architecture for instance)

Related effects: Character glance
Related inductor effect: Continuity editing

(bordwell, 2009)

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