The Imagined Self

What does it look like?

It’s any shot where a character appears in a reflection and his/her body is superimposed upon an object (like clothing) or reflected alongside another object of desire.

How’s it done?

This shot is photographed on set using creative lighting to create a reflection on glass.

When should I use it?

This shot is best used when you want a character to imagine himself/herself in a way that inspires them into acting upon their desires.

The Terminal (2004)

Synopsis: An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Featured Scene: Viktor (Tom Hanks) looks into a shop window at clothes.

The Terminal (2004), directed by Steven Spielberg

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