Forced Perspective

Forced Perspective

Forced perspective is the art of altering the size of things by adjusting their distance from the camera.  This technique was masterfully used by director Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings films for various scenes with the hobbits.  To make the technique more effective he use objects of different sizes to give the scene a more believable effect, for example a hobbit with a big tea pot and Gandolf with a small tea cup.

This effect has also been used in art throughout the ages.  Michelangelo’s David uses forced perspective as well as the Statue of Liberty.  It’s used so that the statue looks to be in proportional when viewed from certain angles.

This is a very effective and basically no-cost visual effect you can do with just a little planning and some trial and error with your cameras, so set it up and have some fun with it!