Reveal

A plot device in narrative structure, and is the exposure to the reader or audience of a previously unseen key character or element of plot or of the performance.

The reveal (also known as the big reveal) is a plot device in narrative structure and is the exposure to the reader or audience of a previously unseen key character or element of the plot or of the performance.

A reveal is different from Aristotle's anagnorisis, in which something is revealed to a character rather than to the audience.

The reveal may result in a plot twist and could be the key plot turn or unexpected coda in the story – in the mystery genre, for example. It may have scenes in the future that reveal consequences of actions to provide a lead for what will occur in the plot or side plot, this may be the overarching plotline in mystery or soap opera. It may also be used as a device (particularly in the climax) in stage magic by an illusionist or escape artist.[1]

Reveal is also used for two distinct cinematographic techniques:

  • A slow, theatrically presented image of an important character or item not seen previously in the film;
  • A close-up, wide shot, or other unusual camera point-of-view that shows the audience an important visual clue not known to characters in the same scene.

In the sense of the first-time showing of a character, a reveal is similar to, but usually not the same as, the opening shot or Establishing shot that gives the location or context of a new scene.

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Last modified on August 4, 2020, 5:27 am
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