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#1 Tim Boxell

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:19 PM

I'm teaching a variety of directing and motion picture language classes and face the challenge of explaining terms to students that have multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings.
I'm looking at the term "eye plane" wondering if it refers to "eye line" or what.
Anyone have an ABSOLUTE answer for this?
I've managed to direct a hundred or so short films and three features without using this term, but I'd still like to know.
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#2 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:32 PM

"Eye plane." Never heard it, myself. I' ve heard of "sagital plane," which isn't really a plane, but the imaginary line between two characters' noses, this being "the line" we generally avoid crossing. "Eye line" to me means the direction an actor is pointing his eyes ... more of an issue in C/U's. ("Her eyeline needs to be closer to the lens...")
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:34 PM

"Eye plane." Never heard it, myself. I' ve heard of "sagital plane," which isn't really a plane, but the imaginary line between two characters' noses, this being "the line" we generally avoid crossing. "Eye line" to me means the direction an actor is pointing his eyes ... more of an issue in C/U's. ("Her eyeline needs to be closer to the lens...")


Same with me... I've never heard of "eye plane" either, just "eye line" -- the direction the actor's eyes are pointed.
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#4 Troy Warr

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 01:48 PM

A Google search for "eye plane" seems to bring up either 3-D graphics terminology (which I can't make sense of - too technical) or golf theory. The latter usage, at least, seems consistent with what I would have guessed, in that it refers to an imaginary plane that expands the eye line into a lateral plane. Imagine Geordi La Forge's visor projecting a beam straight out like a flashlight, and that would be a cross section of the "eye plane" - basically parallel to the ground if a person is looking perfectly straight ahead, but wrapped around the head 360 degrees.

That's the best I can come up with! I know that you're looking for an absolute definition; in what context did you find the term?
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 02:05 PM

You n00b, David.

And ''eye plane'' is a plane with a big eye painted on it somewhere. :lol:
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#6 John Holland

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 02:17 PM

Matthew its 7.15 pm must be bed time now , night night , sweet dreams.
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