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Tuesday Tutorial: The 180 Degree Rule

Watch director Andrew Dominik execute a perfect 180 Degree Rule in “Killing Them Softly.” And how you can use it to gives your scenes better.

In the final scene of “Killing Them Softly” (Spoiler Alert!), director Andrew Dominik takes a page from his filmschool days, and performs a perfect execution of the “180 degree rule.” This rule helps keep audiences from getting confused, that is… unless your movie is complete rubbish to begin with, in which you can use any rule you want. Here’s the scene:

If you’re wondering what the “180 Degree” rule is, watch this quick video by the always excellent Indy Mogul:

Here’s how to do it with three characters:

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