Eye Cam

Similar to Mouth Cam, it's a framing device (curved at top and bottom) that looks like the camera is behind two big eyelids that open and close. It's usually used for comic effect, though it can also be used in more dramatic works, or works that are meant to show life from a character's point of view. The point-of-view character may be just waking up at the beginning of a scene, and between blinks they may see slightly different situations developing.

Compare Binocular Shot, where things are seen from the point of view of someone using binoculars rather than their naked eye.

A subtrope of P.O.V. Cam


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    Comic Books 
  • Used in one issue of The Spirit to show the action through another character's eyes — literally. In addition to an eyelid-shaped view, you can see his eyelashes on top.

    Films — Animation 
  • Used for one scene in Recess: School's Out, when Mikey wakes up in T.J.'s backyard after fainting.
  • A Goofy Movie: Occurs when Max is recovering from the news that Dad's dragging him on a vacation.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, our first view of the other world beyond the portal is through Twilight's eyes as she's opening them. This delays the reveal of her new body.

    Films — Live-Action 


  • In 2013, the WNBA began using a "Ref-cam" in certain games; the All Stars began name-dropping this trope on their own.

    Video Games 
  • Used to dramatic effect in both BioShock games, after the main character in each has been knocked unconscious and is coming to.
  • Used at the end of Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, when Guybrush slowly opens his eyes and sees a close-up of Elaine's hand on both his normal hand and his Hook Hand, then moves to a blurry vision of LeChuck walking to the Wind Control Device to absorb the voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande, then turns back to focus on her head and face, as our hero discovers for certain that he is about to die from his fatal stab wounds.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening features the Eye Cam twice, if you choose the "Sacrifice" ending in an early cutscene, when the Player Character wakes from unconsciousness to see two concerned faces.

    Western Animation 
  • Used a few times on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic from the point of view of Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash respectively. Used with the the first two characters when regaining consciousness from fainting and the latter when she's waking up from an accident.
  • The Simpsons had one when one of the main characters was passing out. Instead of just normally losing consciousness, they began to argue with their brain about letting them pass out at such a dire time.
  • The Venture Bros.: The episode that introduces Venturestein has several scenes shown from his P.O.V.
  • Discussed Trope in The Ricky Gervais Show. When Karl's narrating his idea for a movie where a failed actor ends up being put into the body of Tom Cruise, he spends some time specifically pointing out that when the main character is coming to "the screen does that thing that makes it look like opening eyes".