The tips are basically these but visit his post to see the awesome illustrations that go with these tips:
- Avoid flat staging unless when necessary
- Lay down grids to help “ground” your characters & compositions
- Use foreground, mid-ground, background, & far background to sell depth
- Be mindful of screen space & camera positioning in your edits
- When dealing with multiple characters try to logically group them to help making cutting back & forth easier
- Be wary of composition in which everything is parallel to the frame
- Careful of how you frame characters and don’t SQUEEZE them just to fit a shot, open up the fielding.
- beware of vague “tightrope” floors, use perspective instead
- Motivate your cuts
Tips on intimacy between characters:
- over the shoulder shots & reaction shots help deliver dialog
- characters squared off & looking at our left or right ear (depending on eye direction)
- exploit different character heights if you need to establish or reestablish your shot
This video clip shows how they did it for toy story.