reaction shot

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In film and video, typically but not exclusively a close-up of a person (or any other entity capable of emoting) responding to an ongoing or recently completed action, event, or situation. Such shots tend to be used as cutaways but they also communicate information about the meaning and context of a scene. For example, a fight has a different meaning if the reaction is one of laughter rather than horror, but this also depends upon whose reaction is depicted.

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