Stanley Kubrick’s One-Point Perspective

I’m not really a audio/visual learner, and never have been. I’ve always found I can absorb information much faster by just reading (or ideally, doing). However, every once in a while I watch something that’s so sublime in it’s ability to reduce the complex ideas into dead-simple visuals, that I have to admit that no volume of written words could compare.

All the reasons I loved that ancient educational video about differential gearing, I also dig this one demonstrating Stanley Kubrick’s use of one-point perspective. What’s one-point perspective, you non-cinephiles ask? Well, I’d be contradicting myself if I didn’t tell you to just go watch the video. You’ll understand the technique, and Kubrick’s love affair with it in about ten seconds.


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3 thoughts on “Stanley Kubrick’s One-Point Perspective

  1. angela(toao) says:

    Loooooove Kubrick, but I didn’t realize that he used this perspective so much. (Of course, a time-lapse video of drying paint would be epic with ‘Requiem for a Dream’ playing behind it, but still…) Thanks for sharing!

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