(6) Dynamic screen direction is shown as moving bodies either from left to right
or right to left and neutral is moving away from or towards the camera. A static
direction is that of a body at rest. Remember that even the static bodymust show screen
direction. Remember also the imaginary line. Crossing improperly will change screen
direction and cause confusion. Contrasting screen direction creates suspense and in
travel sequences remember your map consciousness. Finally, clean entrances and exits are
important when introducing or eliminating different elements, whenever a series of moving
shots are filmed against different backgrounds, or when a subject moves from one room to
You can now establish a few rules to help you maintain screen direction.
a. Remember the direction your subject is moving at the end of a scene. Maintain
that direction in the following scene. Use the imaginary line.
c. Visually explain the change to your audience so that they can maintain