Created By: Cartoonboy13able1 on October 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Cartoonboy13able1 on December 28, 2012

Into Pupil Fantasy

Having the camera zoom inside someone's eye when they're having a flashback or fantasy

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Sometimes whenever someone is having a flashback, or having a bad thought the camera zooms in on their eye and into their pupil.


  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: close to the beginning where some people take away a monkey. The camera zooms into the monkey's eye and zooms out of another one's eye.
  • Taz-Mania:
    • "Here Kitty Kitty Kitty" where Taz's sister threatens him to take a bath
    • "Here Kitty Kitty Kitty Part 2" same as part 1
    • "Gone to Pieces" after Taz realizes he had broken his mom's vase, he imagines how she would react.
    • "Taz and the Pteradactyl" where Taz is hanging on to the pteradactyl his eye fills the screen and zooms out of its eye
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • "All Choked Up" with Mort as entering inside Rico's body.
  • Merry Madagascar ends with King Julien throwing a coconut at Mort and his eye fills the screen
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  • October 8, 2012
    In Thats So Raven whenever the titular character is having a vision.
  • October 8, 2012
    Some of those examples sound like "Camera zooms into pupil" not "Camera zooms into pupil so the audience get it's a flashback and/or bad thought and/or vision". Those can be discarded as PSOC.

    Oh, also Alice in the Twilight films whenever she has a vision.
  • October 8, 2012
    You might want to explain for what reason the camera zooms into the pupil in the laconic, and maybe a better name, too.
  • October 8, 2012
    "Pupil Zoom" might be a more concise title. Also, in Doctor Who, in the Episode the episode "The 11th Hour," the camera zooms inside the Doctor's pupil to show what he was seeing, and what he noticed.
  • October 8, 2012
    Occurs in Total Recall (The Schwarzenegger version) when the mutant leader accesses Quaid's mind, and possibly in Dune (can't remember exactly).
  • October 8, 2012
    Often happens with Alice in the Resident Evil films, right when she's about to fight, showing she's somehow connected to Umbrella Corp's computer system and somewhat explaining how she is able to fight with machine-like efficiency.
  • October 8, 2012
    Were Back A Dinosaurs Story does this a lot.
  • October 10, 2012
    Chuck (ABC): The camera zooms in on Chuck's eye whenver the Intercept is feeding him a skillset.
  • October 10, 2012
    ^^^^^ And in Doctor Who promos, it does this at the start and/or end with the eleventh Doctor, his eyes then appearing entirely black with most of his face in shadow. This does work because it's showing the audience what is going to happen in the next episodes, like a flash forward.
  • October 10, 2012
    While I don't want to speculate over the interests of the OP, I must confess that all these "camera zooms into X part of body" is making me Face Palm whenever I check the YKTTW.

    That being said, I do agree that a better title is most likely in order. I see "pupil zoom" and for some reason constantly think of Open The Iris (or more specifically, its inversion).
  • October 10, 2012
    How about, simply, Into Pupil Memory or Into Pupil Clairvoyance or Into Pupil Flashback.

    This could be to do with how, traditionally, the eyes were seen as the doorways to one's soul, all your life and memories etc. Therefore, traditionally, looking into someone's eyes would potentially allow you to see this anyway.

    They are also the most reflective part of the body (well, the thin layer over them is actually, but close enough) so you can see what happens behind yourself when looking at someone's eye/s instead of into them.

    However pupils simply look black, so it's a great cinematic way to black out or fade into another shot. The promo I mentioned (and other ones I can't really remember specifically) make it look like it's all in the person, or their eye - which, to the audience, makes it appear as a thought or a memory or a vision. That's probably why directors/editors (or sometimes both) do it.
  • October 21, 2012
    In the season 3 finale of Supernatural the camera zooms in on Dean's eye to show what his soul is experiencing in hell
  • October 30, 2012
    Windows Of The Soul, used literally.
  • November 5, 2012
    The current title looks a bit weird in UK English, where 'pupil' means 'schoolchild'.
  • December 28, 2012
    The last shot of the last scene of the last episode of Journeyman is a zoom in on Dan's wife's eye, as she finally gets to see him time travel.