One point perspective

Chatham Historic Dockyard Ropery

It’s not often that you can see the vanishing point of one point perspective inside a building. This Victorian ropery at Chatham Historic Dockyard is so long a structure that it goes back as far as the eye can see. The ropemakers travelled up and down on bicycles and the ropes are laid out to their full lengths.

Here is a visual joke as seen in Singing in the Rain. The corridor is painted by the set builders  using one point perspective to give the illusion of space on film. Donald O’Connor is about run up the wall and back flip off the fake corridor. He then does the same on a real wall and goes straight through feet first.

This scene is from Make ’em Laugh!

And here is a video montage showing Stanley Kubrick’s use of one point perspective to a variety of  emotional effects.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

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