Daily Dose #4: Depends on Your Point of View (Scene from Downhill) in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock Posted July 2, 2017 1. What I liked about the dolly shot was that it took time to get the characters from point a-b. Since it took the characters time, it took the viewers time as well. Within the narrative, this is the time for the characters and the viewers to experience the anxiety and uncertainty that a call to the headmaster's office entails - like the questions going round in your head of why you're there and what's going to happen and how much trouble you're in. 2. If Hitch had cut rapidly from the door to the desk, the pacing would not be conducive to the narrative, as it wouldn't allow the time to build the anxiety. Therefore, the dolly/tracking shots for me are less about POV and much more about the pacing/timing and the communing of the though processes of the characters and the audience. 3. This coming together of the character's experience and the viewer's experience is similar to the effect Hitch created in the scene from THE RING, though with the opposite result - the dolly shot is used here to slow the pacing down while the quick cuts in THE RING were used to speed up the pace. However, both techniques build a sense of anxiety and a sense of sympathy/empathy with the protagonist.