An OverTheShoulder shot is one of the most common shots in film and television. It frames a dialog speaker with the shoulder and back of the head of the character being spoken to. Along with the MediumTwoShot, it is one component of the OverOverTwoShot. A classic tactic for DoubleVision. Sometimes used as a variant of TheFaceless.
The video game trope AlwaysOverTheShoulder is named for this.