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June 5, 2012


Point of View shots are a key device which allows filmmakers to create empathy between the audience and characters. This shot is used the majority of the time to place the audience in the position of the main character. Usually it will consist of a shot of a character looking off screen and then cutting to a shot of what the character is actually looking at so the audience are put in the place of the character. – This example from Albert Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” shows the character sitting below looking up towards a window where he can see people. The character is a wheelchair bound photographer who is spying on his neighbours and becomes convinced one of them has committed a murder. This shot is intended to allow the audience to feel as though they are the photographer as it is in the perfect eye line of him and shows three characters which give the audience the information of who the neighbours are.  This helps the sequence as the audience can identify with the main character throughout it. – This clip is from The Notebook as Noah and Ally are on the lake, the first POV happens at 0.37 where exchanged between them both take place. This is to create a connection between the two as well as an intimacy. The shot makes the audience be part of both Noah and Ally in order for the audience to feel comfortable with them and feel their love for one another which at this stage is beginning again. These shots work well as they keep the characters connected and show how at ease they are with one another. – This is a scene from A Clockwork Orange which has different POV shots; there is the nurse, screen and Alex. The majority of the film has POV shots as it is narrated by Alex and therefore allows the audience to connect with him and understand what his world looks like. This is an effective shot as the audience can form a relationship with the character.



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