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The theme song ends, or The Teaser starts, or we return from a commercial break, or we simply change scenes. What do we see but a close-up of a character's eye?

This is an Eye Open, a device sometimes used to show that a character is waking up. Of course, sometimes it's just used to show off an actor's good-looking eyes.

Not to be confused with Eye Awaken, which is when a character's eyes suddenly open, but the shot doesn't open with an image of them.

Examples of Eye Open include:

Anime and Manga


  • The movie Aeon Flux opens with the title character's eye catching a fly.
  • Next does this with Nicholas Cage's eye twice, once before and once after his character's long vision of a possible future.
  • The opening to Blade Runner.
  • Used in the opening and closing of Avatar.
  • One of the more disturbing in movie history has to be the closeup of Marion Crane's eye in Psycho after she flops over onto the bathroom floor.
  • Apollo 13 does this with Marilyn Lovell after showing her nightmare of losing Jim in space.

Live-Action TV

  • Lost. Quite a lot, in fact.
    • The finale ends with Jack closing his eyes in a reversal of the pilot's first scene.
  • House
  • A first-season episode of the original The Twilight Zone does this.
  • The 2009 pilot of V does a backwards one: instead of opening on Erica's eye and zooming out, we open on Erica and zoom in to her eye.
  • The opening sequence of Merlin features a close-up of Merlin's eye as it changes from blue to gold.
  • The Criminal Minds episode "The Big Wheel" starts with a shot of the killer's eye opening when he wakes up in the morning.
  • Another backwards one in Smallville. During Lex's first appearance in season 3, we zoom in on his eye.
  • Seen in the opening credits of The X-Files.

Video Games

Western Animation

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