Framing dimension and shape

Physical limitations of the screen; it shapes the viewer experience through a certain dictation of the visual focus. It is mostly horizontal due to the human field of vision. It can also be re-shaped through the use of mattes (blocks in the transmission of light in chosen areas of the screen.


  • Infer the non visualised field, the offscreen at all times.
  • Restrict the visual field and dictate what the viewer should focus on.

Related inductor effect: Onscreen; Offscreen

(bordwell, 2009)

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