There are always exceptions both in movies and in real life. People have car crashes when there is a girl in a bikini riding her bike on the shoulder of the road and we don’t pay enough attention to the tractor-trailer to the other extreme of our daily driving around vision to our right.
It is not absurd at all to understand what our human FOV is and making a determination as to how much or little of it we like to use when watching a movie.
I have been told here for years here that human FOV is close to a 2.35:1 rectangle. I have also been told here that 2.35:1 was selected because that is the comfortable human FOV. I have been told here that humans prefer to not move their eyes when viewing motion pictures and seating distance should accommodate that. None of that is true.
Seeing how Josh has been kind enough to supply a picture of an old western movie anyone reading try this. When I view his photo on my monitor I’m at a seating distance of 7X the height of the image. Take your eyes and focus on the cowboy on the right. Without moving your gaze from that cowboy try and see how much detail about the cowboy on the left you can see? It is even hard to see the cowboy in the center and that is with a viewing distance of 7X.
We see the whole image because our eyes scan exactly the same way in motion pictures they do in daily life, and they look for detail that is critical to our quest for information in the moving image. It is the reason when we watch a movie twice we see different things the second time and the third time. Sure we know the story line the second time and that changes things but there is always more visual to be seen.
It is why when a boom mic drops into the picture by accident it draws our attention away from something else and spoils the shot. Our eyes scan and look for movements.
The movie Josh shows is cleaver cinematography no different than the idea behind the three-ring circus. It gives us more than our vision can discern at once and builds anxiety. Nonetheless the director knows what he is doing and he knows we can’t focus on all three cowboys at once. Just like real life do you look at the girl or do you pay attention to the truck.