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Finger Framing

Using the index finger and thumb of both of your hands to make a rectangle and looking through it. Most likely used by photographers or movie producers.


Anime and Manga
  • Eshi in D.Gray-Man has doing this constantly as one of his character quirks.
  • May from Pokémon does this when she pretends to be on some kind of documented adventure.
  • In RahXephon, Ayato often does it towards subjects he plans to paint.
  • Done in Zan Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei by Chiri when adjusting a painting.
  • In the Finder Series, Akihito does it in the island since he did not have his camera.

Film - Animation
  • Genie does this in Aladdin. "You've just won the heart of the Princess! What are you gonna do next?"
  • Variant in Rango: Rango exhales on glass before drawing a screen with his finger. The Spirit of the West does the same thing while he's giving Rango the will to continue.

Film - Live Action

  • Silverfish does this to Victor in the Discworld novel Moving Pictures, when deciding he'd make a great moving picture star. Since Silverfish has only just invented the clicks, Victor has no idea what he's doing or talking about.

Live-Action TV
  • The Brady Bunch was cast as the "Average American Family" in a commercial for Best detergent. The hippie director who directed the commercial did this.
  • One of the candidates on the 2009 UK season of The Apprentice infamously did this constantly on the advertising task. it made him look like a pretentious idiot, as this often does.
  • A character in one Cracker story did this a lot; he was somewhat autistic and fixated on movies. Someone else commented on it at a funeral that included the quote "We see the world through a glass, darkly": "You don't see the the world through a glass, darkly. You see it through your fingers."
  • Midsomer Murders: One of the characters says "I've been framed" while making a similar gesture in "The Killing at Badger's Drift".

Professional Wrestling
  • Kevin Nash became fond of this for a while, though using the variant with his thumbs and index fingers sticking straight out. He'd do this after whipping an opponent into the turnbuckle and just before following it up with an elbow.
  • MNM, Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, liked to do this before their finishing move, "the snap shot". They even taunted Trish Stratus this way when Melina challenged for her title but were ejected by the referee before they could actually give her the move.

Video Games

  • Homestuck: When Jade Harley is enlarging the Fenestrated Wall to enable her and John to ride a battleship through it, she does a slowly enlarging finger-frame matching its borders.

Western Animation
  • Goofy does it in How to Hook Up Your Home Theater while figuring out where to put his new TV set.
  • Used in the American Dad! episode "Stan's Night Out" in the B Story, in which Roger tries to be a beauty queen. He discovers that his date is taking him to a Pig Party. He then does this to the other girls at the party...and then looks at mirror, framing himself in it, and discovers that he is the Tomato in the Mirror (ugly, not evil).
  • A zombie director in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Everyone Wants To Direct" does it. Then his hand falls off.
  • Pinkie Pie does this (with hooves, somehow) while setting up a prank in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Griffon the Brush-Off".
  • Eddie Storkowitz of Birdz does this a lot.
  • In the Woody Woodpecker short, Arts and Flowers, Woody and an artist are in a contest for best painting of a desert flower. Both of them do this when they find the same flower to paint.

Real Life
  • There's a wearable-computing technology called SixthSense being developed at MIT that's controlled by hand gestures — one of which is the finger-frame gesture, which means "Take a photo of whatever's in front of me".

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