Film Language Tag: shot/reverse shot

An editing pattern that begins with a shot of one character looking offscreen in one direction, followed by a shot of a second character, who appears to be looking back. The first shot is taken from an angle at one end of the axis of action, the second from the "reverse" angle at the other end of the line; often used in conversations; also called shot/countershot. Corrigan and White, The Film Experience: An Introduction, 5th ed.


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