Kubrik and one-point perspective

There are some directors whose movies are instantly recognizable, and Stanley Kubrick is easily among them. One thing that makes Kubrick’s movies so unusual is his heavy use of one-point perspective, to focus in on a single character or object, and often to create a sense that we are trapped within the scene rather than merely watching it. This spectacularly comprehensive supercut by Vimeo user kogonada highlights the unusual symmetry of Kubrick’s films, and lets us zoom in on the effect of the single-perspective shot.

From io9

Nina Paley’s History of the Holy Land: “This Land Is Mine”

Via Boing Boing

Nina Paley’s new “potential-possible-maybe-feature film” project is Seder-Masochism, and she’s posted a clip called “This Land Is Mine,” which she envisions as the final scene of the movie. “This Land Is Mine” is a history of the Holy Land and all the blood spilled over the years by various parties who laid claim to it. Her web page for the short features a full cast of characters, with historical notes, and, of course, the wonderful video itself.

Curiosity Landing on Mars

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Here is a video of the rover landing from the perspective of the rover’s underside.