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A common method of shooting dialogue: repeated OverTheShoulder shots interrupted by the occasional MediumTwoShot.

This technique is often employed as a method of convenience; if it's impossible to get both of the actors together to film a shot, OverTheShoulder can be used with stand-ins who look, from behind, similar to the absent actor to complete the scene.

This is a standard technique from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The prevalence of this approach in '30s-'40s ''{{film noir}}'' movies made it possible for Creator/SteveMartin to "act" with Creator/BetteDavis, Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/CharlesLaughton, etc. in ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid''.
* The initial conversation between Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr in ''Film/XMen1''.
* Pick a major-studio film from the era before Cinemascope. Any of them.
* Used during almost every dialogue scene in the ''Film/StarWars'' prequel trilogy.
* Japanese director Creator/YasujiroOzu had a variation on this, filming conversations in shot-reverse shot sequences where each person in the conversation was centered and looking straight at the camera, rather than the over-the-shoulder style that is seen far more often.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Any scene that involved both twins interacting in ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The episode "Lie to Me" from the second season features this ad nauseam in the outside-the-school discussion between Buffy and Ford.
** Angel's appearance in the series finale was filmed that way because David Boreanaz was only available for a short time.
** There was a Buffy/Giles graveyard scene which used Sarah Michelle Gellar's stunt double accompanied by looped lines for the shots that were over Buffy's shoulder.
* Michael and Hurley's conversation in season 6 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' were filmed this way, presumably because they only had Harold Perrineau for a short time.
* The field interviews in ''Series/TheDailyShow with Jon Stewart'' are usually filmed this way.
* Any given episode of the original Dragnet TV series with Jack Webb.
* Examined by Creator/CharlieBrooker on ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'', where he showed how much ManipulativeEditing can be accomplished by interposing [[ReactionShot otherwise pointless shots of the interviewer nodding]] to cover the edits in the subject's answers.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' had to improvise an exchange between Veronica and a musician when the actor playing the musician couldn't come in to re-do the take. They hashed together the version where they were together with the one where Creator/KristenBell was delivering her lines to no one.