Over the shoulder continuity
I’m currently working on a short indie film (my 2nd) and was just looking for some advice regarding something that bothers me, but doesn’t seem to bother the director.
We have some dialouge scenes where I cut to a person’s reaction to lines over the shoulder of the actor who is speaking. Pretty standard stuff. It was a 1 camera shoot with a lot of takes and I’m noticing that the back of the speaking actor’s head doesn’t seem to match with the lines he’s reading in a few shots. It’s pretty close, and his head is framed close, out of focus, and halfway out of frame. You just see some of the motion of his head and can tell he is speaking by the movement of the side of his jaw. The viewer’s attention is (should be) drawn to the subject in focus, and the cut was decided because of a better reaction take from the subject.
I’ve noticed this a lot in films/TV and I understand that it would take 2nd place to telling the story in the best way possible. But when you are cutting a scene like this, is it one of those things that we just have to “let go”? Just trying to get some discussion going in this forum…