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Definition of a very big plan

The large plan allows you to show a specific detail of a character, for example a finger, an eye or a scar, which will take the entire surface of the screen. In the context of an object, it may be the dial of a clock or a title or newspaper article. In general of very short duration, it enables one to focus attention on an important detail to the plot or to identify a character. It also allows you to show what the eye can’t necessarily see on a real scale. The really big plan may well give a symbolic value to the object or the part of the body filmed, or create a tension for the viewer, not accustomed to see in this way that shows him the plan.

The uses of the very close-are many to the cinema. It is generally used in the introduction sequence, to create a question ” Who is this ? Or is it ? “. It is also frequently used for fittings of transition between the other two plans

Finally, great directors know how to use it in unexpected opportunities, to create a unique experience, but this, it is not explained, this can be seen directly on the screen.


Examples of very big plans


Certainly the very close-the most famous of the cinema, this plan is located in the middle of the famous murder scene in the shower in Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock. It lasts less than a second and yet it marks the viewer as it comes when the character starts to cry.



An example of a very big plan atypical… it lasts several seconds. It has also a significant importance in the plot, since it is through this plan that we are witnessing the awakening of the bride.


And it ends with a big close-up on an object, here the keyboard of a computer. This plan shows us how the main character, Vincent, watch carefully to not leave any trace to identify it. This very large plan is also very similar to the one that, later, will show the investigators find a hair of Vincent on the scene of the crime.

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