First Person Point Of View In Picturebooks and Film

Film School Rejects shared a short film called Gumshoe, which is four minutes shot from a first person point of view. As FSR note:

First person POV can be tricky to pull off because of how limiting the field of view is. It’s the same thing with found footage, but even without the shaky cam (or at least a less shaky cam), it can be disorienting and leave an audience frustrated by the loss of control. When it’s done well, it can be very cool. Still a gimmick, but an entrancing one.

See The World Through A Detective’s Eyes In This Short Noir Film

In the noir film, the first person point of view serves several purposes and one of those purposes is to add a comic (as well as comical) tone. The ‘kapow’ type voiceovers add to this humorous tone. A woman’s legs viewed from the top-down quash any real attempt at the familiar ‘sexy pose’.

FIRST PERSON POV IN PICTUREBOOKS

What roles might this POV play in picturebooks?

I have made use of it — though not across an entire work — in Midnight Feast, in which the reader views the hallway from the young protagonist’s point of view. The point of view soon shifts to one of ‘reader’ because a touch on the screen sees the protagonist in front of the reader, pressed against the wall, trying not to be seen.

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A shifting point of view adds variety to a picturebook, which is especially necessary in a story like Midnight Feast, in which the action takes place entirely inside one small apartment and stairwell. But even in cases where there are plenty of beautiful settings, an illustration from first person point of view can aid reader identification with the protagonist, and so I’m making use of it again in Hilda Bewildered. Below is a screenshot for page 22:

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In this case I included the hand of the main character. The green ring is significant to the plot, and I also needed the speech bubble to be coming from somewhere (even if it is just a hand). Technically, at that angle, a passenger in the back seat of a car would not see the taxi driver’s eyes but rather his head (I only know this because I worked from a reference photo) but I have illustrated the driver’s rather menacing eyes and I’ve made sure they are looking straight at the reader. In conjunction with the first person point of view, I hope that when the reader first turns onto the page, that those eyes will heighten the suspense. Where is Hilda going? Who with? What’s going to happen when they get there? All of this works better if readers can put themselves into the position of the main character.

PRINCESSEY STUFF

  1. “PRINCESS SCIENTISTS” DRAW YOUNG GIRLS INTO SCIENCE, AND PLENTY OF CONTROVERSY from The Mary Sue
  2. What if Disney’s Princesses were horror stories? from io9. (I would argue that some of them already are.)
  3. Is a Disney Free Daughter Really A More Empowered One? from Jezebel
  4. Someone takes photos of women dressed as Disney princesses and posts them to Flickr. In fact 2012 was a big year for princess memes and Internet trends. Can We Please Stop With The Hipster Disney Princesses came from Mommyish.
  5. Turns out there’s a rule. Nothing surprising. Turns out Princesses kinda have to be white, even Latina ones.
  6. Meanwhile, Movieline wonders if the Anti-Princess movement has finally arrived? And by anti-princess, they mean all those princesses who don’t behave like traditional princesses but who are still princesses.
  7. Did you catch the little girl telling Pippa Middleton that she doesn’t like princesses? Unfortunately I can’t decipher what Pippa said in response, but she was obviously as amused as the rest of us.
  8. What would you do if your son wanted to dress up as a princess? I’D LET HIM.
  9. Six Princess Books For Parents Who Really, Really Hate Princesses from Good Men Project
  10. WHAT DISNEY PRINCESSES WOULD LOOK LIKE IF THEY WERE ACTUALLY HUMAN from The Mary Sue
  11. Stop Telling Girls They Are Princesses from Daily Life
  12. Earth To Disney: There is no princess gene, from Princess Free Zone
  13. Grace Kelly Dies: Books about princesses from YA Reading List
  14. Kickass Princesses Part 1 and Part 2 from Bad Reputation
  15. It’s time we all grew up and ditched the Princess Fantasy thing from The Guardian

 

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