Lens Perspective

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  • Barry Lyndon (1975). Stanley Kubrick, director. The long-focal-length lens (85mm-500mm) makes subjects look closer together than they do in real life. Barry Lyndon, © 1975 Peregrine.
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950). Billy Wilder, director. The middle-focal-length lens (35mm-50mm) makes images correspond to our normal depth and perspective. Sunset Boulevard, © 1950 Paramount Pictures.
  • Lens Perspective

    1. 1. LENSPERSPECTIVE
    2. 2. “Lens perspective refers to the way lensesrepresent space. Different kinds of lenseshave different effects on the way weperceive depth and dimensionality within animage. . . . Lenses are usually chosen forhow they represent space.” - Bruce Mamer, Film Production Technique: Creating the Accomplished Image (2008)
    3. 3. WIDE - ANGLELENS
    4. 4. The wide-angle lens elongates spaceand exaggerates distance. Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978)
    5. 5. The wide-angle lens can make peopleseem dwarfed by their environment. The Piano (Campion, 1993)
    6. 6. The wide-angle lens stretchesperspective. The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)
    7. 7. The wide-angle lens can maintaindeep focus. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
    8. 8. The wide-angle lens can create afeeling of vast space. The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)
    9. 9. The wide-angle lens at a low anglecreates a sense of cavernous space. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
    10. 10. The wide-angle lens distorts facesclose to the camera. Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989)
    11. 11. TELEPHOTOLENS
    12. 12. The telephoto lens squashes spaceand compresses distance. Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975)
    13. 13. The telephoto lens brings people closerto the camera. The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)
    14. 14. The telephoto lens can create a shallowdepth of field. Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978)
    15. 15. The telephoto lens distorts movementtoward the camera. The Graduate (Nichols, 1967)
    16. 16. NORMALLENS
    17. 17. A normal lens represents space anddistance as they normally appear. Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950)
    18. 18. . . . Changing lenses for the amount ofinformation the lens gathers (its “field”) is only apartial use of a lens. Lenses have differentfeelings about them. Different lenses will tell astory differently. -Sidney Lumet, Making Movies (1996)

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