The 180 Degree Rule (dialogue technique)



This lesson teaches students the concept of the 180 Degree Rule of composition. This rule best applies when filming a two-shot, or two-person dialogue scene. Students will write a short two-person dialogue script and then storyboard at least three different camera angles showing proper use and understanding of the 180 Rule. Students will produce a short video showing a dialogue sequence utilizing the proper use of this important composition rule.

Lesson Time

Lesson & Project
2 - 3 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (13)
California Academic Content Standards (11)

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  • If you're shooting a short film or interview, it's important to set the scene and establish your characters in space and time in order for the viewer to follow the action. One of the most basic continuity rules is the 180 Degree Rule. Students will demonstrate the mastery of this important rule by producing a short dialogue video.

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