Stanley Kubrick’s collection of shots in one point perspective, and in a more general sense, his shots where the camera is centered on the action are abnormal. According to cinematic theory, you should place the person/thing you want view positively to the left, and negatively to the right, and never in the center. Placing the center of focus in the center of the screen works for Kubrick though. It gives an air of seriousness to the subject matter, and it draws the viewer into the action. While it isn’t a biased shot, it does involve the viewer emotionally by making them a part of the action. While it’s an unbiased camera angle, it does make the viewer uneasy and raises the suspense.


Tarantino’s From Below shots are relatively infamous. I’ve only seen 2 or three of his films, and even I was familiar with the style. They give power to the people standing above the camera, and makes it clear that they are the dominant force in the scene. The from below shot also puts the viewer in the shoes of the person who is submissive in the scene, making the viewer empathize with (often) the person looking up. It is clear from this perspective, that the viewer, and the person who’s point of view the camera is mimicking, is at the complete mercy of the characters looking down on them.