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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 
  • A Goofy Movie: Occurs when Max is recovering from the news that Dad's dragging him on a vacation.
  • There is a brief scene early on in Kubo and the Two Strings where the camera "blinks" as it assumes Kubo's POV as he wakes up.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • In the first movie, our first view of the other world beyond the portal is through Twilight Sparkle's eyes as she's opening them. This delays the reveal of her new body.
    • Repeated in "Mirror Magic" with Starlight Glimmer, like her mentor before her, opening her eyes after going through the portal, her vision at first very blurry before focusing on the school's entrance.
  • Used for one scene in Recess: School's Out, when Mikey wakes up in T.J.'s backyard after fainting.
  • Used in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie as SpongeBob is waking up after an ice cream binge with Patrick.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: Picard:
    • In "Remembrance", Laris is out of focus and Zhaban is outright blurry to Picard when he awakens while recovering from a head injury.
    • In "The Impossible Box", Soji's eyes flicker open when she wakes up from her Forced Sleep, and the framed photograph of herself with Dahj appears hazy.
    • In "Broken Pieces", we see Picard from Jurati's blurred perspective as her eyes flutter open when she rouses from a coma.
    • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1", when Picard regains consciousness after passing out, he slowly opens his eyes and we get a glimpse of Jurati from his unfocused point of view.
    • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", after the synth Picard is activated, the first images his new artificial eyes process are a hazy-looking Soji and Jurati.

  • 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.
  • Appears in the beginning of SOMA when Simon wakes up from his dream.
  • In the intro of Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, this is used with your character when she closes her eyes just before you design her appearance and Sophie is helping her become size-wise, and again when she opens them to reveal she's become such.
  • 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.
  • Cube Escape: Paradox starts with this as Detective Vandermeer wakes up. And it ends that way, too.

    Web Original 
  • Dreamscape: At the start of episode 7, Keela wakes up in the hospital like this...and sees Kaila looming over her.

    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 Pinky and the Brain episode "The Pinky P.O.V." exaggerates this trope and puts it to the duration of a whole episode.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lisa's Pony", Homer was driving, absolutely groggy after his night shift in Kwik-E-Mart, having not slept for days. Naturally, he fell asleep. The Eye Cam shaped effect showed closing his eyelids and transitioned the scene to a dream sequence in Slumberland.
    • When Bart is being put under anaesthesia for his apendix operation in "Round Springfield", his eyes are closing and his point of view is visualized with this eye-shaped cam effect.
    • In "Make Room for Lisa", Lisa is in a sensory deprivation tank and sees the world from Homer's perspective. Lisa-as-Homer is falling asleep during a ballet recital, shown with Eye Cam.
    • Lampshaded when Homer was passing out. Instead of just normally losing consciousness, he began to argue with their brain about letting him 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".
  • Used with Thomas in the Thomas & Friends special, "Steam Team to the Rescue", as he is woken up by Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Used twice with the titular character in the Nature Cat episode "Nature Plant" as he wearily opens his eyes, as Daisy finishes explaining about photosynthesis, telling him that he's now a plant. Later on, he awakens to find Daisy once more finishing her explanation about photosynthesis and that he is a cat again.


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Thomas Awoken

Thomas is woken up by Sir Topham Hatt early in the morning.

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