What is an eye level shot in film?
Learn more about this common shot angle and how and why filmmakers use it in their films.
The eye level shot is one of a handful of basic camera angles used repeatedly in films. An eye level shot is exactly what it sounds like — a shot where the camera is positioned directly at a character or characters’ eye level. Considered to be a “neutral” camera angle, its function is not to distort or over-dramatize a scene but rather to give the viewer a very familiar perspective.
When should you use an eye level shot in a film?
Eye level is how we often see the world in real life, and by using this familiar angle, filmmakers can connect their characters with the audience in a very intimate way. There are many different scenarios where a filmmaker can use an eye-level shot. Again, this neutral shot angle allows us to focus directly on a character’s face and emotions. Some scenarios where this can be useful are:
- To make a character seem more relatable.
- To allow a character to “break the fourth wall” and speak directly to the audience.
- To emphasize a character’s strong emotions, such as anger or pain.
- To give the viewer the impression that they know what a character is thinking or feeling.
These are only a few examples, but as you can see, the eye level shot is handy for helping the audience connect with on-screen characters in various ways. Discover even more video editing and creation tips.
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