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Point of View Vertigo


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Point of View Vertigo

  2. 2. Point-of-View Shot: A shot in which the audiencetemporarily shares the visual perspective of a character.The camera points in the direction that the characterlooks, simulating his field of vision.
  3. 3. Point-of-View Editing:The joining together ofa point-of-view shotwith a match cut toshow, in the first, acharacter looking, andin the second, whatthe character islooking at. Often thepoint-of-view shot isfollowed by a thirdshot, a reaction shot.
  4. 4. 1. Character looking2. What the charactersees3. Character reacting
  5. 5. “Point-of-view shots can, but don’t always, alignviewers with characters. They help to explainthe way characters experience theworld, validate character interpretations ofevents, and provide information aboutmotivation.”Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis, Film: A Critical Introduction, 3rd ed., Pearson (2011).
  6. 6. Point-of-view editingrelies on the Kuleshoveffect, a mentalphenomenon by whichviewers derive moremeaning from theinteraction of twosequential shots thanfrom a single shot inisolation.