A Closer Look at How Joel and Ethan Coen Film Conversations

The latest video essay by Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting points out the genius behind directors Joel and Ethan Coen‘s use of the “shot/reverse shot” filming technique in their movies.

“How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.”

Previously from Tony: Why Buster Keaton Was the Master of Physical Comedy

[Every Frame a Painting]