Video/Cinema vs Stage terminogy

Bruce Baird baird at
Sat Aug 18 19:33:47 EDT 2007

Dear Colleagues,

Aaron, thanks for the info on screenplays.  Also while I am at it, I  
have a question about how to write about film and video.

Its standard practice in dance and theater to employ the terms stage  
left and stage right which imagine the stage as from the perspective  
of the person on it, so stage left is the actor's left and will look  
like the right side of the stage to the audience.  When writing about  
film and video, is there a standard practice to talk about the right  
side of the screen or left side of from a particular vantage point?   
Is there an equivalent screen right and screen left and do those  
correspond to what the viewer experiences as the right and left side  
of the screen, or not?



Bruce Baird
Assistant Professor
Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Butô, Japanese Theater, Intellectual History

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