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20 Split Diopter Shots in DRESSED TO KILL

On 11, Jan 2018 | No Comments | In Cinematography, Production, Uncategorized | By vashi


My love for the Split Diopter shot knows no bounds. It’s a cinematic device that is both obvious and supremely effective. I’ve explored it in depth here and here.

I now triumphantly return with even more visual storytelling examples from Brian De Palma’s epic thriller DRESSED TO KILL:


12 of the 20 Split Diopter shots in DRESSED TO KILL


To reiterate…the most effective use of this optical device is to emphasize a story point and for it not to be a visual gimmick. De Palma incorporated this technique across every film he directed and it is a staple of his visual style.
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