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Old 08-02-2015, 08:42 PM   #21
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It's used a few times in The Outsiders also.
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:52 PM   #22
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That most likely wasn't shot with a split diopter since there's no blurred area in-between.
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Yup, the small frame area of Techniscope gave him a large depth of field, which he used quite often to good effect. He couldn't have done that shot with Cinemascope or 65mm.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:16 PM   #23
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:48 PM   #24
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I always remembered this shot from The Shadow.

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Old 08-02-2015, 10:26 PM   #25
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All the President's Men


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Old 08-06-2015, 01:37 AM   #26
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Gah! There's something I saw in theaters recently that had a couple split diopter shots, and I can't remember what it was! If I remember, I'll report back here haha.
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:13 AM   #27
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I seem remember Freddie Francis' work on Cape Fear (1991) employed this style of shot quite a bit.

Peter Levy (Ricochet, Judgment Night, Cutthroat Island) is another cinematographer who loves to use split diopters.
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Is that the lovely Barbara Bouchet? Hm-mm-mm good.

I'm confident Freddie Francis (?) used it a lot In Jack Clayton!s THE INNOCENTS. No shots to share, alas.
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:34 PM   #30
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Yup, the small frame area of Techniscope gave him a large depth of field, which he used quite often to good effect. He couldn't have done that shot with Cinemascope or 65mm.
One of the things that really noticeable in the Blu-ray release of the Adventures of Robin Hood is how short the depth of field is. I've assumed this is due to the large amount of light needed by three-strip Technicolor. I suppose it could be an artistic choice, but it looks more like a wide-open aperture. I imagine the lights they used were baking the actors, too.
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Is that the lovely Barbara Bouchet? Hm-mm-mm good.

I'm confident Freddie Francis (?) used it a lot In Jack Clayton!s THE INNOCENTS. No shots to share, alas.
Yep, it's her
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There's probably a few in the Thing. Besides the one HD posted above there is one with someone in a door frame in the background. Can't remember right off, been awhile since I actually sat and watched it. But in the commentary Carpenter specifically mentions that shot and how it's a split diopter. First time I heard of that technique, when did that DVD first come out? 98? I think that was one of the first where I really started paying attention to camera tricks and techniques.

I don't think Citizen Kane had any diopter shots but that film was full of tricks. Like the cabin shot posted earlier: the camera starts out looking out the window then pulls back, seemingly right over the table. But actually the table was pushed into place just as the camera was pulling back (you can see items on the table moving after it comes to rest). And I think they were pulling up the dolly tracks as the camera was moving back!
I think de Palma is the king of the split diopter. Blow out really is the champ. Hopefully we get more of his work on Blu. The big ones are out, but some of his lesser titles are mia. I'd like to re watch a lot of them knowing what I know now.
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There's probably a few in the Thing. Besides the one HD posted above there is one with someone in a door frame in the background. Can't remember right off, been awhile since I actually sat and watched it. But in the commentary Carpenter specifically mentions that shot and how it's a split diopter. First time I heard of that technique, when did that DVD first come out? 98? I think that was one of the first where I really started paying attention to camera tricks and techniques.

I don't think Citizen Kane had any diopter shots but that film was full of tricks. Like the cabin shot posted earlier: the camera starts out looking out the window then pulls back, seemingly right over the table. But actually the table was pushed into place just as the camera was pulling back (you can see items on the table moving after it comes to rest). And I think they were pulling up the dolly tracks as the camera was moving back!
I think de Palma is the king of the split diopter. Blow out really is the champ. Hopefully we get more of his work on Blu. The big ones are out, but some of his lesser titles are mia. I'd like to re watch a lot of them knowing what I know now.
Yep, it's the shot where MacReady is talking to Blair in the tool shed.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:36 AM   #34
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Sidney J. Furie's underrated 1982 horror film The Entity makes very extensive use of the split diopter effect. I could post screenshots, but you really ought to just go to the site's review - their screenshot gallery contains five examples.

It was shot by Stephen H. Burum, who also worked with De Palma on The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible and on some of the other examples posted here - The Shadow and The Outsiders.
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Is this a split diopter shot? I don't know, it doesn't really look like it. I'm thinking maybe the background is a back-projection, or a matte shot?

Here are some that I remember that I could fortunately find shots for ...

Paris, Texas. The dividing line is on the diagonal of the car's A pillar. (Wenders talks about this and other technical details a great deal in the commentary)



Milo Minderbinder on the road to riches in Catch-22



The finale of The Reivers



My vote for the funniest split diopter shot ever, from Wet Hot American Summer



Somebody needs to do a thread for Hitchcock zoom shots, so I can post what I think is the funniest one of those ever
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The "dinner table" scene from The Underneath is done almost exclusively with diopter shots.

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Old 09-04-2015, 04:05 AM   #38
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There was a great diopter shot in the series(?) finale of Hannibal.

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Old 09-04-2015, 08:03 AM   #40
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They used the effect quite alot during the courtroom sequences for Breaker Morant.
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