5 Filming Techniques That Intensify Dialogue
Eyeline Matching & Reverse Angle
Extreme Close Up
This technique can express closeness and secrecy between interlocutors which the audience is invited into, making the dialogue even more compelling. It’s also a powerful way to convey emotion, with an unflinching focus on facial expression. Skip to 1:39 in this iconic Godfather clip for a perfect illustration of this in action.
What begins as a series of mid-range shots becomes a collection of close ups and extreme close ups, removing the “space” between Clarice and Hannibal and leaving the audience with no distractions from the actors’ facial expressions and the script. Chilling.
Low Angle Shots
Forget About the Words
Facial expressions, distractions, body language, flickers of the eyes – these are what make dialogue come to life and feel authentic.