Here's a more useful definition from The Dictionary of New Media:
An editing rule: the alternation of two shots, the first showing a
character looking off-screen, the second showing what he’s looking at.
A rough sense of scale and distance is kept, but not necessarily
perspective—that is, every Point-of-View Shot is an eyeline match, but
every eyeline match is not necessarily a POV shot.
On Mar 14, 2004, at 9:25 PM, gloria monti wrote:
> *Film Art* 7th edition states:
> *eyeline match*: shot A presents someone looking at something
> offscreen, shot B shows us what is being looked at.
> *POV shot*: a cut from a person looking to what he sees.
> Where is the difference, here? My understanding was always
> that in a POV shot, the spectator "becomes" the character looking and
> sees what s/he sees and the character looking is never onscreen.
> Whereas the eyeline match shows the character looking and what s/he
> is looking. However, FA also states that in the case of the eyeline
> match, "in neither (A and B) shot are both looker and object present.
> Gloria Monti
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