When you're watching a movie, you can describe what's happening up close to the camera as being in the foreground.

The foreground is the opposite of the background, which is the part of a photograph, painting, or scene that's farthest away from you. Some photographers tend to focus sharply on the foreground while letting the rest of the picture go blurry. The noun foreground was first used specifically for talking about painting, and it came from fore, "before" or "in front," and ground, or "foundation."

Definitions of foreground
  1. noun
    the part of a scene that is near the viewer
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    type of:
    aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
    the visual percept of a region
  2. noun
    (computer science) a window for an active application
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    type of:
    (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
  3. verb
    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
    synonyms: highlight, play up, spotlight
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    background, downplay, play down
    understate the importance or quality of
    type of:
    bring out, set off
    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
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