from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The image of a person, usually with only the head and upper body visible, talking to the camera, as in a documentary, news show, or similar work.
  • noun A person thus filmed.

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  • noun idiomatic A pundit who discusses issues of the day, especially one on TV.

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  • noun a talker on television who talks directly into the cameras and whose upper body is all that is shown on the screen


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  • Cinematographers' slang for interview footage of a subject's head and shoulders. It has come to be used as shorthand for pundit.

    Traditionally, this is a locked down, medium shot.

    January 25, 2009

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    January 6, 2012