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A variation of Eyed Screen, One-Eyed Shot is a camera trick where a person's eye is shown onscreen.

Not to be confused with Cyclops, a mythical creature who has just one eye.

See also Eye Open and Open the Iris.


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  • This commercial for Glidden paint in which a woman's eye changes colors.
  • This commercial for Opti-Clean.
  • Magazine advertisements for eye makeup (Cover Girl, Maybelline, Revlon, etc.) will often feature a close-up of a woman's eye.
  • The iconic Keep America Beautiful commercials of 1971 (there were at least two), featuring one Iron Eyes Cody, reached their climax by zeroing in on his right eye.

  • As seen in the page image, Code Geass features many close-ups of Lelouch's Magical Eye.
  • Dragon Ball Z uses this trope a lot during battles.
  • One Piece also did this a couple of times. Case in point, Mr. 1 after activating his Spiral Hollow power during his battle with Zoro.
  • This has happened a few times in the Jewelpet franchise.
    • Episode 32 of Jewelpet Twinkle☆ features a scene of Ruby's left eye blinking as it zooms in closer and closer to reveal a shot of the Solar System.
    • In episode 30 of Jewelpet Happiness, a close up of Lapis' eye can be seen as it turns from blood red back to its original color.
    • There were two close ups of Luea's eye in Lady Jewelpet, one in episode 32, and another in episode 33.
  • Naruto also uses this trope a lot, mainly for people who have the eyes of the Sharingan.
  • Name one moment in Neon Genesis Evangelion where this doesn't happen.
  • Done in Hamtaro a few times. One example was with Sparkle in the dream episode The Tale of Princess Bijou.

    Comic Books 
  • In Superman story arc Kryptonite Nevermore, as musician -and later third-rate super-villain- Ferlin Nyxly is playing, the camera focuses on his right eye.

    Film - Animated 
  • Done in Arlo the Alligator Boy with the Beast when it tracks down Arlo's footprints.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Dunk for Future, a close-up of Weslie's eye is shown when he fumbles a shot that costs Team Defenders the championship. The camera zooms in on his eye, revealing blurry shots of Team Tiger mocking him, spectators demanding their money back, and Blazey admitting it's his fault when a news reporter asks who he would hold responsible for losing the match.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Black Mask has a prologue when Tsui (Jet Li) is being injected experiments in a government lab. The entire screen closes up on Jet Li's eye dilating from the effects of the super-soldier serum.
  • In Disney's adaptation of Bridge to Terabithia, when Jess is watching Leslie reciting her essay on "Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus" in front of the class, the camera closes in on Jess' eye as he envisions her underwater, complete with fishes and water bubbles.
  • Requiem for a Dream featured several eye shots.
  • A scene from the 2004 British film Layer Cake which featured a shot of Daniel Craig's right eye dilating.
  • Donnie Darko also featured close-up shots of Jake Gyllenhaal's left eye dilating.
  • The opening of Strange Days featured a closeup of Ralph Fiennes' eye blinking.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey's "Star Gate" sequence is intercut with several extreme close-up shots of Dave Bowman's eye with solarized colors. The colors of the eye only return to normal when his space pod arrives in the alien hotel room. The image is featured on this movie poster.
  • The Spiral Staircase, a film about a crazed Serial Killer, features multiple tight close-ups of the killer's eye, as he is staring at his victims and as he's staring at his next film, Helen the protagonist. This is combined with P.O.V. Cam when the shot of his eye is superimposed over a POV shot of his victims right before he kills them.
  • The Resident Evil Film Series use this at least once per film.
  • Event Horizon close-up of William's eye.
  • First Love (1970): 16-year-old Alex has been mooning around after his neighbor Zinaida, who is 21 but has several older admirers. One day another of her admirers tells Alex that if he really wants to find out what's going on with Zinaida, he should go out to her garden late at night. Alex does so, and sees Zinaida having sex with... his father. The camera shows a close-up shot of his single staring eye as he peeps at them through the window.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Six Million Dollar Man had a close-up on the hero's left eye whenever he used its bionic abilities (along with a sonar ping-like sound effect).
  • As does the Electric Company parody "The Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man."
  • Many episodes of Lost begins with a closeup shot of one of the cast member's eye opening.
  • Happens many times on The Flash (2014) with close-ups of Barry's (and, later, Jay's) eyes whenever he taps into the Speed Force to do something cool. There's usually electricity in the eyes.
  • Used for comedic effect in an early episode of Malcolm in the Middle. Lois throws open a curtain to wake up the boys, and we get a closeup of Malcolm's eye as his pupil constricts down to a pinpoint from the sunlight.
  • Used in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Episode "Twice Upon a Time" as part of the new Thirteenth Doctor's dramatic reveal.
  • Blake's 7. In "Voice From The Past", rebel conspirators arrive at an auditorium only to find it empty of their supporters. Then Supreme Commander Servalan appears on the theater screen to inform them that the Federation has known about their plot the whole time. As she speaks, Servalan's image is reduced from a Close Up On Head to an Eyed Screen to a single eye.

  • The video for Bon Jovi's 1984 song "Runaway."
  • The video for Music/Soundgarden's 1996 song "Pretty Noose."
  • The cover of Garth Brooks' album "Fresh Horses" features a closeup of Brooks' left eye.
  • The video for The Escape Club's song "I'll Be There" featured several close-ups of the lead singer's eye.
  • The cover to the self-titled studio album by The La's consists solely of a woman's eye in close-up.
  • The video for Kimiiro, the tenth single from Sanrio and Sega's virtual idol group Beatcats, features a brief close-up of the character Chelsea's right eye.

  • Godzilla (Sega):
    • The side of the cabinet is dominated by a closeup of Godzilla's eye.
    • Obtaining a replay prompts an animation focusing on Godzilla opening one of his eyes (with "replay" overlaid on it).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Summer 2014 issue of WWE Kids Magazine featured a quiz which featured nine photos which each featured a photo of a WWE wrestler's eye.

     Western Animation 
  • The Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles episode "For It May Come True" cuts to a shot of human Goliath's horrified eye when Elisa is killed in a helicopter crash. Good thing it's All Just a Dream.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998):
    • The episode "Members Only" featured a couple shots of Blossom's eye.
    • We get a closeup of the Mayor's monocle in "A Very Special Blossom".
  • The Simpsons: The episodes "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?' and "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" do this with Homer, in scenes spoofing 2001: A Space Odyssey and Requiem for a Dream respectively.