Huddle Shot

A group of characters want to discuss something privately amongst themselves, so they form a huddle; the camera POV switches, looking directly upward at the characters' heads and torsos as they talk. This is incredibly common in sports movies, where it appears during "the strategic discussion during halftime". (And in (American) Football movies, it appears even more frequently).

This is also seen when a character is in bed, thrown onto his back, or in some other kind of upward-looking position; in this case, it's a P.O.V. Cam. It occurs frequently after a character has blacked out, leading to a suitable freak-out when he wakes up and sees loads of people staring down at him.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has this every now and then, most often before big battles. Normally, everyone except Ryouhei and Yamamoto are less than eager to do it, and tend to find it incredibly embarrassing.
  • Somewhat used (but very dramatic) in the second match again the White Knights in Eyeshield 21. There's literally one second on the clock, and offense is just then switching to Devil Bats. An exhausted Monta catches the ball, and Hiruma calls for a huddle with himself, Monta, Taki, and Sena so that when they break, the White Knights won't know who has the ball.
  • The title screen of Strike Witches 2.
  • The opening to the original Getter Robo starts out with Ryouma, Hayato and Musashi in a huddle.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure has one of this during an episode where they had to play volleyball.
  • In Episode 8 of the Little Lulu anime, Tubby, Wilbur, and Iggy did this in Lulu's presence, when she interrupted their lunch time.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! has one with the Cures in episode 6, shortly before their group Transformation Sequence.

    Comic Books 
  • The Boys:
    • Two cover feature this pose, the first issue was of the main cast, and another issue had the original boys.
    • In Butcher's origin, there is one of a group of criminals, standing over Butcher after they'd given him a kicking after he attacked them without provocation.

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    Films — Animation 
  • A Bug's Life, when they plan to send Flik away on a Snipe Hunt.
  • The Brave Little Toaster, as the appliances gather around the broken picture of the Master.
  • It occurs in Once Upon a Forest after Russel the Hedgehog survives almost being run over by a car, ending up on his back as his friends check up on him.
  • From the point of view of Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. The rest of the main cast stands over her while she lies gasping for breath after facing off against Rainbow Dash in a one-on-one soccer match.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The signature image from House has the main cast (from the first several seasons) huddled around presumably the point of view of the patient.
  • The M*A*S*H opening has two individual "huddle shots": one of Hawkeye and one of BJ. They're the only ones in the shots though, so it might not count. There was one ep where it was shot from the patient's POV, there was a huddle or two in that one.
  • Eight Is Enough does it in the opening credits sequence, as the family plays touch football.
  • That Seventies Show has some of these in its "Stoner-wipes".
  • Hawaii Five-0: "Hauoli La Ho'omakai", being a Thanksgiving Episode, starts out with the protagonists, friends and family playing football, and we gets two huddle shots, one for each team.

    Music 

    Video games 
  • If the player loses a match in Tongue of the Fat Man, a screen shows what would be this view if it weren't for the speech bubble taking a large part of the screen.

    Web Animation 

    Web Original 
  • Flander's Company: In episode "Taxe Carbone", after Recycle-Man gets massacred by Gladys, he wakes up in a hospital bed with the Flander's Company people huddled above him.

    Western Animation 
  • The teenage villains of Avatar: The Last Airbender do this while getting ready to destroy an opposing volleyball team.
  • The Legend of Korra uses the "Spirit of Competition", between Mako, Bolin and Korra when Mako tries to build up confidence for the upcoming tournament.
  • Parodied in Sheep in the Big City where General Specific holds his comrades horizontally in the air to imitate this shot.
  • Often used with the main six in Recess.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy have done this. One time they huddle without anything happening because Eddy can't think of a scam.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Done by the Apple family in the episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", when debating on whether or not to agree to the Flim Flam brothers' offer. The brothers somehow manage to sneak themselves in the huddle.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1", when Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Spike and Twilight are examining the items that will become the Keys, the point of view is from the floor.
  • Adventure Time, in the episode "James", Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum do this as they debate on the episode's title character. Just like in the above example, James somehow manages to sneak himself in the huddle.


Alternative Title(s):

Staring Down At The Viewer