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warren buckland <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 16 Oct 2008 12:46:14 +0100
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In his book _Inside the Gaze_, Francesco Casetti calls what you refer to 
as the 'God's eye' pov shot as the 'unreal objective shot'. For Casetti, 
this refers to unusual camera angles that cannot be attributed to any 
character. Casetti gives the example of those shots found in Busby 
Berkeley musicals where the camera is placed perpendicular to the 
horizon, when it is pointing downwards on a group of dancers who form an 
abstract pattern.

Casetti then gives this shot (as with the other types of shot he 
discusses) a dubious linguistic formulation (in terms of personal 
pronouns). According to Casetti, the formula for the unreal objective 
shot is 'as though you were me' (p. 50). His main point is that the 
enunciator and enunciatee are positioned as equivalent to the extent 
that both are detached or absent from the scene and share the camera's 
omniscient position.

Warren Buckland

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