February 21, 2011

Where do you look?

See how this gaze locations experiment shows how shot composition and audio aid in the process of controlling where the audience looks during a film.

11 viewers were shown a clip from the film "There Will Be Blood" and their eye movements recorded using an Eyelink 1000 infra-red camera-based eyetracker. Each dot represents the center of one viewer's gaze. The size of each dot represents the length of time they have held fixation. I wish they'd try this on an all-male audience during an episode of "Hung".

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