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Must Watch: Kubrick and the Art of the One-Point Perspective

Stanley Kubrick 2001
Warner Bros.

The so-called “one-point perspective” is used to describe a shot composition which the spatial planes which lead the eye towards a central vanishing point off in the distance (as you see above). Director Stanley Kubrick was a genius at the one-point perspective and included this shot in many of his films. You’re going to have to watch this new mashup, which highlights this technique brilliantly.

It’s often said that there’s beauty in symmetry. But symmetry is so complex, many filmmakers avoid using it because it can create visual disturbances for the viewer.  Kubrick, however, mastered the art and used it to great effect in films like ’2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘The Shining’ and ‘Barry Lyndon.’

The below mashup, by Kogonada, edits together some of Kubrick’s most striking uses of the one-point perspective to the tune of Clint Mansell’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ (the music you might remember from ‘Requiem for a Dream’). The result is nothing short of hypnotic and thrilling.

Watch the Kubrick mashup below and get a sense for just how much thought went into all of these films.

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