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Dionne Knapp
One point Perspective?
on Mar 29, 2017 at 2:42:41 pm

I'm doing a student film (junior in college) and there's a door at the bottom of a staircase that is increasingly foreboding to the main character who is irrationally afraid to open it.

I want the shot of that door from the top of the staircase to have that one-point perspective effect where the staircase looks longer than what it actually is and the door is centered in the frame so the viewer's eyes are drawn to it - like what Kubrick uses in "The Shining" and most of his movies.

I don't have a million dollar lens and I cant go out and buy one . My camera I'm using is a Sony XD . I'm not a cinematographer so I'm not sure if or how I could change the settings to get that perspective or if i even need to? Maybe its all about how you center the door in the frame ?

Or can you change the perspective in post? I have Adobe CC so could I do this in AE or Premiere?

Any help would be awesome :-)


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Kevin Camp
Re: One point Perspective?
on Mar 29, 2017 at 5:12:48 pm

take a look at these 2 tutorials:

i'm not sure it's exactly what you are looking fro, but seems close. I'd recommend doing a quick test with a simple shot of the stair case, and use the techniques here to see if it can do what you need it to do.

Kevin Camp
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Greg Gesch
Re: One point Perspective?
on Mar 29, 2017 at 11:30:04 pm

Hi, you might also like to look at the "Vertigo Effect" which is made in-camera. Basically the camera dollying in as it zooms out thus keeping the framing but changing the perspective, it's quite unsettling. An oldie but a goodie.

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