I have decided to break up a discussion about First Person Point of View into three parts. For now,
I have included some screen grabbed examples from two films. These two scenes from Chicken Run (2000) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) display basic and easy to understand examples of POV (Point of View) with attention to First Person. I don't mean POV like a FPS as in this screen shot from Halo:
Great Escape". "Mrs. Tweedy, the chickens are revolting!"
Ginger throws a turnip off the wall of the bin in a fun nod to Steve McQueen's tennis ball. Notice the horizon line passes through ginger's eyes as shown below.
Ginger looks up and we cut to Ginger's view of coal bin door opening revealing Mr. Tweedy's boots, Ginger's time in solitary is over.
Cut to Babs and Ginger:"I wasn't on holiday, I was in solitary confinement."
Camera goes low as the chickens panic to get in line.
CU centered up shot, sneers at her intended. She is in complete control, an antagonist of true proportion.
Speaking of not expecting so much depth from a movie. What about a super hero movie? Next up is a movie I didn't expect to get very deep but it did its best to and that made watching this so much more enjoyable.
Anyway, in this movie, directed by Sam Raimi and Bill Pope as director of photography, we finally get to see or experience the pain and loneliness of keeping a dangerous secret in a sequence referred to as "Pete's Confession" all set up as first person as we are directed to feel what Peter is feeling. We see how hard it's been to carry this secret and deal with its consequences alone. In the film, May and Peter go to the cemetery to see Ben's grave, then return home as established below. Set in middle class NY (America, look at the flags) and there is Ben's car from the first movie, but the camera is low. Not at a typical ERL, it does give a majesty to the houses but also forces the low or down feeling created from the previous cemetery scene.
More soon, thanks for stopping by!