big close-up

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In photography, film, and television, a standard shot size which shows a detail of a foreground subject filling the entirety of the screen. A BCU of a person would show their face from forehead to chin. This mimics the extreme proximity of the intimate zone in face-to-face interaction. Where the shot is of a face the shot appears interrogatory and the viewer's attention is focused on the feelings or reactions of the person depicted. In semiotic terms, such unusual shots are marked. See also close-up.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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