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Lyn Buchanan's CRV

Site Orientation Problem

There are times when the viewer will find him/herself misoriented at a site. That is, the viewer winds up at the site leaning over to one side, upside down, lying on the side, or even more bizarre, an inch or a thousand feet tall. The viewer, not realizing that something is wrong, will totally accept this orientation and begin describing the site from the new viewpoint.

The fact that the orientation is skewed means that the viewer’s imagination kicks in that much sooner, trying to make sense of it all. Therefore, a football may look like a dirigible, the Empire State Building may look like a very long and tapering horizontal thing, a flagpole which is really vertical may remind the viewer of a lance leaning forward as a knight goes into battle, New York City may look like a small ant hill, etc.

Until the viewer can become reoriented to a normal size and/or orientation, serious viewing errors will occur. There is a way to correct this situation within the CRV methodology - by simply giving the viewer a "move command".

See also, "Move Command" and "action cue".