I recently ran across this fascinating video that compiles many shots from Stanley Kubrick‘s films and highlights one of his filming styles. Over the years I’ve seen all the Kubrick films. What movie aficionado hasn’t? But I’ve never made the connection between all of his films and all the scenes interspersed throughout . . . scenes that use symmetric framing with a central vanishing point.
Many directors believe that framing symmetric shots is a no-no, which seems odd since many things in nature, as well as man made objects, possess inherent symmetry. The eye is naturally drawn to symmetry. Regardless of what many filmmakers believe, Stanley Kubrick pulled off symmetric framing like a boss.