Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Stanley Kubrick: One Point Perspective"

Assembled by film scholar Kogonada, this is a brief but brilliant survey of a technique the late Stanley Kubrick used to great effect in most of his films. The use of a stationary camera and a one-point perspective creates,... well, it creates the heebie-jeebies, frankly. There is something entirely disconcerting about seeing a scene from such a dispassionate state. And it creates the nagging, anxious feeling that something dreadful, something horrible is about to happen.

I've always loved this camera technique of Kubrick's as well as his masterful, flat lighting. Everything seems to be so well lit in Kubrick films, again creating a disconcerting, hyper-real sensation. It feels as if there are no shadows to hide in, nowhere to go. It is all relentlessly, glaringly present.

Go to Kogonada's Vimeo channel to see the other compilations he has made: Tarantino tends to shoot up at his actors from the ground, and Wes Anderson likes to shoot scenes of tableaux, hands, and tables from above.

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