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The 180 Degree Rule Tutorial by PhiTuS The 180 Degree Rule Tutorial by PhiTuS
Y'know, since my tutorials get a shitload of faves (especially ~ManlyMens) and I can't just keep updating my journal all the damn time, I figure it's time I present this rule as a tutorial.

Note: This is a basic film-making guideline. I do not take credit for coming up with this. Yet, I don't see anything like this on dA, so I figure I ought to be the first to spread the word.
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CrimsonAlpha Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for posting this, I see how I have broken this 180 rule a few times :D
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Dunoid Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I saw this in "Making Comics" by Scott McCloud, but I've never seen anyone on dA mention it.
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I dunno whether to be glad to be the first and only guy on dA, or ashamed that no one else on dA thought of this.
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Dunoid Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe a bit of both, then? That could work.
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
SURE, I GUESS...
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AjnosFTW Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh. New fact to store in brain. :P

I love your tutorials <3
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This one I think is the most important of my tutorials.
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Neurquadic Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Quick question about #3

So, if one includes a neutral shot, then it's okay to have Mr Blue and Orange be on different sides? Or does it mean that it's okay for a shot to have them be on either side of the scene?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. >>
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't think I even understand the question.
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:iconpersistant:
persistant Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never thought about that...
Thanks.
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:thumbsup:
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DMAftermath Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
yes, u has skills. will pay attn next time!
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Phi you are a credit to the comicking world :thumbsup:
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:iconyeahplz:
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MyNameIsMad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconohyeahplz:
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Huoryu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I was just waiting for you to do this. Heh, better late then never.
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Dojang Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
i've heard about this rule, and had it described to me. promptly forgot it, but i can't really remember ever being told off for breaking it...
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This shit needs to be second nature.
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luvtehcomix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
so, this is like, how many times now?

well, it was more detailed and helpful than the journals, so that's good.
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Calicard Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Dude well put haha thanks for this.
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HumaKaVoola Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Always good to be on the forefront of good tutorial making.
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Ninja-Kow Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I thought you already had one drawn up like this, or was that just an exhaustive journal on the subject?
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It was the exhaustive journal.
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ThornedVenom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
About damn time someone made a good tutorial about this.
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think it's odd that no one else did one.
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experimettle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
:iconclapplz:
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Okk Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somewhere in my mind, I always knew this was a no-no. When I saw comics where the characters suddenly switched places, it felt wrong. On the other hand, I also don't like it when people cross the tags on their word balloons. That makes it harder to tell who's saying what. If people are good, and don't do either, then properly pacing a dialogue can take up a lot more panels than they expected.

So, does this rule still apply in a scene where the characters are moving around a lot, like if they're fighting?
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely. With all that fighting and moving around, it's important to be able to tell where the fuck everyone is.

It's ok if one guy is seen physically crossing over to the other side, because it's just like the "neutral shot" concept.
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Thundermane Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Hey nice going, as always Phitus! I suppose the 180 degrees rule is very important.
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:iconphitus:
PhiTuS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
SO VERY IMPORTANT.
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Naphula Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good job.
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