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Same scene, different focal lengths. (1 reply and 1 comment)

Jacob W.
2 months ago
Jacob W. 2 months ago

Hello all, so I have had an idea about a dialogue scene with two different focal lengths. One character would be shot on a wide lens, close up to distort their face - the other character shot on a more 'realistic' , normal length lens - the whole idea being the one distorted character isn't necessarily rooted in reality - you don't know if they are real or not, so the distortion is to give that feeling. And any previous and subsequent scenes involving the character are always on a very wide lens, so the distortion is felt throughout the film, but for this particular scene it is more prominent. 

Does anyone have experience with cutting a dialogue scene shot on two varying focal lengths? Or know of a sequence of a film that has that? I'm afraid it will be too drastic that it would put the viewer outside of the immersion of the story and plainly - it might just not work.

Ultimately I know I can just try this out as a camera test myself, but wanted to propose this to the forum and open up a discussion around the use of the two lenses/focal lengths in the same scene. 

 

Thanks. 

Jeremi
2 months ago
Jeremi 2 months ago

I saw something like this in movie "Theory of everything" in the scene in the hospital. 

Jacob W.
2 months ago

ah yes, I shall have to go and view that. Thank you so much.

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