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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Why Do People on TV Sleep Like That?

With their heads propped up at a forty-five degree angle by their pillows? I have never seen anyone sleep like that in real life. Any of you?

I suspect it is to get a better camera angle on the actors face.

3 comments:

  1. Kate does, or pretty close. I don't understand it either.

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  2. I often only use a portion of the pillow or just my arm (or a combination of the two). Sometimes I will use the whole pillow depending upon my inclinations. The only time I elevate my head is when I am reading in bed.

    I do know that many actors don't feel that dialogue or background is as important as control over facial movements, head angles, body language, and composure. Overall, most focus is put onto the upper regions of the body, most notably the face/head and shoulders. Of course, I am talking of screen actors; stage actors have a whole different approach to acting due to the nature of the medium (but it includes some aspects of the screen-actor's toolkit).

    The film industry is pretty face-centric, all the way from agencies, to casting, to acting technique, to framing of shots, to marketing, etc. There are certainly exceptions, but like any art there is a tendency toward certain formulas. Overall, I think that your simple conclusion is correct, they are attempting to get a better shot of the actor's face.

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  3. I've also wondered why women on TV/movies often gather up the bedsheet and hold it over their breasts before getting up to walk around, or even just in order to sit up in bed. I guess TV/movie people are just different. ;-)

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