Created By: LizzieB on January 20, 2013

CGI Window of Wonderful View

Camera showing an impressive building / space-ship / etc, then closing in on a window were the hero/heroine is standing, (usually) looking out.

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We see a breathtaking, sweeping view: a castle among rugged mountains, a ten-story palace, a mile-long spaceship, a high-tech sky-scraper - something that would have been a model 10 years ago but now is pretty clearly the result of a lot of programming. The camera closes in, we see a window, someone standing at the window... and as the camera gets close enough it usually turns out to be a main character looking out at the view. Can combine the advantage of keeping the production cost low (no models or expensive scenery shots), having a scenery shot which gives an impression of the location, transitioning from scenery back to the characters and whatever they are busy with and, because of that transition, making that scenery look more real.

Examples: Once Upon A Time - Regina standing at the window of her husbands castle (which looked incredibly like a space-ship) Rose Red - One of the last shots of the about to be destroyed building: various ghosts standing at the windows looking down before fading away as the house is finally knocked down.
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  • January 20, 2013
    There's an example in Mission Impossible, where the camera starts with a high-level view of a train travelling at high speed through the countryside, and ends on a particular window of the train to show the action therein.

    This isn't just confined to CGI, btw - the original Total Recall movie has a similar shot to the Mission Impossible one, when Arnie is travelling on the Mars train, which shows off the impressive (matte) Mars landscape.
  • January 20, 2013