Video of the Day: Stanley Kubrick and the Art of the One-Point Perspective

One-point perspective is a term used to describe a shot composition which the two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects are smaller as their distance from the observer increases; in other words, “the size of an object’s dimensions along the line of sight are relatively shorter than dimensions across the line of sight”. Director Stanley Kubrick was an expert in using the one-point perspective and included this shot in just about all of his films to great effect. On set, Kubrick was said to be a perfectionist who would obsess over every painstaking little detail in order to make sure the shot and actors acted in accordance to his vision. Vimeo user Kogonada put together this beautiful montage showing the prominent single-point perspective in Kubrick’s body of work. Included are scenes from his greatest movies such as Paths of Glory, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and my personal favourite, Barry Lyndon. Enjoy!




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