Created By: shimaspawn on March 4, 2012 Last Edited By: shimaspawn on December 17, 2012

Low Angle Foot Camera

An extreme low camera angle that only shows characters feet.

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NOTE: Foot Focus is NOT a trope and will not be one for much longer. We are dividing it into actual tropes.


An extremely low angle camera shot focused on character's feet, and lower legs this shot tends to cut off around knee height.

Generally the camera is pointed up at character's faces. We want to be able to see their feelings and reactions. This is when the camera is instead lowered almost all the way to the ground to focus on their feet and legs entirely cutting out their heads, and in fact, their entire torsos.

A useful shot as it lets directors show action without showing faces, this shot tends to be frequently to leave a little mystery to the viewer as you're seeing shoes instead of faces. It's also used in order to give the audience a different perspective on the scene, sometimes that of a pet or small child. Or simply to help stretch a limited selection of extras.


Examples:

Live Action TV
  • The end credits of The Bill showed a pair of police officers (one male, one female) walking away, shot from this angle. This contrasts the opening which has the same feet walking towards the screen.
  • Firefly used this several times with River focusing on her bare feet as she crept around the ship.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • March 4, 2012
    mdulwich
    The end credits of The Bill showed a pair of police officers (one male, one female) walking away, shot from this angle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdQYX93_13U
  • October 8, 2012
    billybobfred
    something something Foot Focus?
  • October 8, 2012
    shimaspawn
    You mean a trope that's being ripped apart in TRS and likely cut? Yes, this is being split of from that.
  • October 8, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Related to Feet First Introduction. You're going to have to emphasis that this one isn't intended for bare feet.
  • October 10, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Why would it be intended for bare feet? There's nothing about bare feet in the description.
  • October 10, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    'only shows characters feet' could imply that.

    Plus, there's a trope for that.
  • October 10, 2012
    shimaspawn
    ^ There's not going to be that trope for long. We're fairly certain it's not a trope. We are ripping it apart into actual tropes.
  • October 10, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Also, as Feet First Introduction is a Sub Trope of Foot Focus, would this be, or would it be otherwise related in some way?
  • October 10, 2012
    shimaspawn
    It's note even a sister trope. This doesn't have to be an introduction. This can use established characters or just background mooks. This is a camera angle. Feet First Introduction does not always use this camera angle. They have nothing in common but feet.

    Foot Focus is not a trope and thus it can not have subtropes.
  • October 10, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Okay, so is this part of the ripping-apart of the foot not-trope?

    Though, on the page for Feet First Introduction, it does say that FFI is a sub trope of Foot Focus (which thoroughly confused me, to be honest, as it neither requires bare feet nor a close-up).
  • October 10, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Foot Focus has never had a clear idea of what it's about. That's part of the reason it's not a trope. Just delete the line on Foot First Introduction. It's a mistake.
  • November 30, 2012
    troacctid
    Would this be the supertrope for Dress Hits Floor?
  • December 3, 2012
    TheNinth
    Might want to add to the description that this is occasionally used to indicate the POV of a small child or animal (usually the family pet).
  • December 17, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^
    • In the first Tom And Jerry is short the camera is at the level of Tom (then named Jasper) and Mammy Two-Shoes is only seen from the lower legs down. Several later shorts also use this device when humans are involved.
    • In an episode of Quantum Leap the child witness to a murder, who was hiding under a bed at the time, can only identify that the killer "kept money in his shoes." Then Sam realizes that he's referring to Penny Loafers, and we see a flashback to what the kid saw.
    • Peanuts occasionally shows adult feet.
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