The term “proxemic patterns” refers to the distribution and relationship of people in a given space. The underlying concept of proxemic patterns was developed by anthropologist Edward T. Hall, who distinguished the following four major proxemic patterns:
1. the intimate, 2. the personal, 3. the social, 4. the public distance.
a) In the context of film analysis, some film scholars have adopted this concept and related it to the various camera distances:
intimate distance → distance of physical involvement, reserved for lovers and members of family ~ ECU, CU
personal distance → arm’s length away, reserved for friends rather than lovers and family members ~ MCU, MS, MLS
social distance → impersonal business and casual relationships ~ LS
public distance → formal and rather detached ~ ELS