hpqp says... I'm not a film maker but a cinephile, and from what I gather you have two of the exceptions correct. Another is when breaking the fourth wall or if a character is also a narrator (eg Rango). In reply to this comment by TheFreak: Sooooo... I know there are some film makers on the sift. Somebody explain to me the rule on looking at the camera. I got the idea from somewhere that you were supposed to look off to the side of the camera rather than directly at it, in order to not freak the viewer out. From this video it looks like there are two exceptions? 1. When the camera respresents the frame of reference of a character. 2. When you WANT to freak the viewer out. Am I pretty close?