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The Filmmaker's Eye by Gustavo Mercado

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subjective shot

The subjective shot is unique in its ability to let audiences experience the action as if seen directly through the eyes of a character. The evolution of cinematic language developed a number of conventions designed to allow audiences to identify with the emotional and/or psychological state of mind of a character (through the use of P.O.V. shots, dream and fantasy sequences, and reaction shots, for instance), but none of them operates by allowing the audience to become a surrogate for a character, watching events unfold as if through their eyes, and making them an intrinsic part of the story for the length of a shot. Subjective shots accomplish this through compositions, staging of the action, and image manipulation designed ...

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