This week in our video production tips, we’re talking about using Negative Space.

What is negative space? Simply put, it’s the area around and behind the subject of a shot’s focus. It can be used to create various effects, such as implying at things that are off-screen or creating a certain ‘feel’ for a scene.

When a you frame a character who’s talking to another person, the ‘negative space’ should be in the direction they are facing. This is also called ‘looking space’.

Negative space does not only play out in the horizontal. You can have vertical negative space too, above and below the subject of the shot.

Watch our video to find out more about using negative space in your films!


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