Film School: The Insert Shot

ss card scene in American Psycho (2000) ss card scene in American Psycho (2000)

The dramatic peak of a dialogue scene is often a close-up… of an object.

Perhaps the most amazing of the fantastic takeaways from StudioBinder‘s breakdown of the business card scene in American Psycho (2000): director Marry Harron‘s revelation that Christian Bale can sweat on cue.

Further Viewing

The insert shot is often part of the peak of the dramatic arc in a dialogue scene – here are some examples: