Offscreen is the space that is not visible in the frame at a certain moment. However, it exists in the diegetic world of a narrative film.
Offscreen space becomes significant when the viewer’s attention is drawn to something in the diegesis that is not visible in the frame.
- Someone looking offscreen at someone else
- Light ray
- Shadow entering the frame from offscreen
- Sound heard from offscreen
Offscreen space is often later revealed through camera movement and is commonly used for suspense in horror and thriller films.« Back to Glossary Index