What Is An Eye Level Shot? (2024)

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Film is one of the most exciting and enthralling mediums. It typically has major artistic value while also being accessible and enjoyable for most people (depending on the style and genre of film). One of the ways that film creates powerful emotional effects on its viewers is by employing different kinds of shots. And today, we’ll discuss eye level shots.

The various types of camera shots are so important that they are some of the first information that film schools teach their students. In fact, understanding these are crucial for cinematographers, screenwriters, and film directors.

Just as important, if not more so, is location. Luckily, Peerspace can help you out with that, too. As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we help filmmakers easily scout and book the perfect settings for their masterpieces, from professional production studios to family homes and everything in between.

But we may be getting ahead of ourselves here! Let’s keep reading to gain an understanding of one of the most significant types of film shots, the eye level shot.

First of all, what is an eye level shot?

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An eye level shot is among the most important and basic types of shots and is common in all genres for this reason. Interestingly, eye level shots are especially common in romantic comedies. This may make more sense as you continue to read about what eye level shots are used for.

The term itself refers to the camera’s angle and location as it relates to the subject. Eye level shots are exactly what you might guess: they’re shots where the camera is around the level of human eyes. This means around five to six feet above the ground, on average, since that’s the standard range of human height.

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The neutral feeling eye level shots give viewers

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In many cases, the emotional effect of eye level shots is pretty minimal, and overall, eye level shots have a neutral effect. This is because people typically view the world from eye level. Therefore, the feeling is familiar, and seeing the subjects of a film this way feels quite natural.

Due to this overall neutrality, it’s one of the best choices for situations where you’re trying to present information directly and without any “spin”. This neutrality means eye level shots can also help create more emphasis on other, more unusual types of shots, such as shots from above or below (more on those in the next section).

Eye level shots certainly create a sense of immersion in the scene, as though the people watching are actually there with the characters. And there are also a few other ways that eye level shots can helpfully influence the viewer’s experience. Keep reading to learn more!

What are the emotional effects of eye level shots?

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Shooting a character from above can often make them seem weak and vulnerable. And shooting a character from below can make them seem powerful, invulnerable, heroic, and even scary. This will depend on the context (plot, accompanying soundtrack, and so forth).

The middle ground — shooting right at eye level — has neither of these effects. Instead, it can make a character feel more approachable and sympathetic to the viewers. It can even allow audiences to feel like they’re more in touch with what characters are experiencing on an emotional level. That is even the case when there is no inner monologue. When a character is first introduced using an eye level shot, it displays them as they are without adding any layers of judgment to their portrayal. 

Relatedly to these effects, eye level shots can also amplify emotional moments, especially when they’re close up. If a character is feeling significant sadness, rage, suffering, joy, and so on, an eye level shot can make these emotional moments resonate stronger with the audience.

This does make intuitive sense when you think about it. As the viewer of a film or in real life with someone you know, being near someone makes it easier to experience their emotions. You then can sympathize/empathize with their feelings. It’s all part of the power of the eye level shot in film. 

Find the perfect filming location to practice your eye level shots

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The various types of shots are a pretty technical and niche aspect of filmmaking. So if you’re researching eye level shots and reading this article, it’s very likely that you’re someone who’s interested in making a film of your own.

One of the most crucial aspects of creating a film that lives up to your vision is the location (or locations, more typically!) in which you do the filming. 

To find film shoot venues and spaces of all kinds for rent, we highly recommend using Peerspace. It’s the most extensive marketplace on the web for these types of rentals, with thousands and thousands of options throughout hundreds of cities in the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

Peerspace production locations include more formal film and photoshoot studios. But, you can also discover other types of spaces that might be perfect for the scenes you’re planning to film, like homes, galleries, restaurants, and more. 

A few examples of unique filming locations you can book on Peerspace

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By now, you know what an eye level shot is and how it can enhance your filmmaking skills. We’ve also learned how Peerspace is the place to go to discover and book unique spaces to bring your productions to life. Now, let’s check out a few production space rental examples you can book through our website today.

So what types of spaces can you book through Peerspace to film your eye level shots?

Some examples of incredible Peerspace venues that could be the perfect fit for a scene in your movie:

And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Plus, all the listings include incredibly detailed descriptions of the spaces, high-res photographs, and reviews from past renters. Therefore, you’ll get a clear sense of what you’re looking at before you even see it in person.

So at the very least, give Peerspace a quick search to see all the unique spaces available to book in your location. And if you have any questions about what is included with your rental, you can easily reach out to your venue’s local host through the listing page. Peerspace hosts are dedicated to ensuring your time in their space is successful and can help you in any way they can.

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What is an eye level shot: conclusion

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After reading this article, you’re certain to have a more in-depth understanding of eye level shots. Now, you know what they actually are as well as what they’re used for. Plus, you’ll know when it makes sense to use them on your next project.

Equipped with this knowledge and a few amazing location suggestions, you’re all the more prepared to start shooting a film of your own. Good luck! You may just be the next Alfred Hitchcock or Martin Scorcese.

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