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[[caption-width-right:300:A typical fisheye shot.]]

The extremely wide-angle lens. Used to produce a sense of disorientation.

The lens in a door's peephole is a fish-eye, so this lens is used when a visitor is viewed outside an apartment. Makes anyone look ugly. May also be used from a low angle to spice up long-winded dialogue sequences in anime.

Also frequently used when shooting skateboarding and other extreme sports, as it can make big air look bigger from the appropriate angle.

Since less-expensive security camera set-ups are often fitted with wide-angle lenses to allow one camera to cover more area, the resulting footage may show a fisheye effect. Simulated security-camera footage, therefore, is also often shot with a fisheye.

Note that when seen in an animated format it is often a {{False Camera Effect|s}}, although [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curvilinear_perspective a technique]] for drawing this way exists independently and can be used for the same sense of disorientation.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' used this effect to emphasize Miyako's [[ForeheadOfDoom gigantic forehead]].
** The same gag is used on Yue in ''[[MahouSenseiNegima Negima!?]]'', as both were made by the same studio - one of the {{OAV}}s opened a scene with a fish-eye view of Nodoka as she talks to someone, then pulls back to show it was the reflection off Yue's ForeheadOfDoom.
* The first two ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' films have this on occasion, usually (but not always) when a character is getting reamed for screwing up.
* Done a couple times in ''{{Naruto}}'' when a character is going crazy or about to succumb to his dark side (or both).
** Mostly it's done just to [[LeaveTheCameraRunning show off]], it seems, as many of the shots are completely gratuitous..
** The ''manga'' often uses this for the traditional effect, or a lesser version for particularly intense full-page spreads ([[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/63133/fisheye-highres-kishimoto_masashi-kunai-male-narut this]] is probably the best example).
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' did this often in Shinji's internal sequences, to heighten the sense of isolation around him.
** They're used in real-life scenes as well. There's a shot in episode 11 that's used to emphasize the implied menace of a locked door AND to visualize Asuka's self-centeredness.
** It's part of the SignatureStyle of HideakiAnno.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex'', the Major and Batou are shown this way while they're piloting Tachikomas.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' this is used both to enhance the idea that the world shown is a mindscape (When focused on a character) or that the characters are alone (when focused elsewhere). The technique is used sparingly.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was quite infamous for using the fish-eye effect on the most mundane of scenes, such as, for example, when a character is standing besides a fridge. [[BetterOnDVD These were fixed on the DVD version]].
* Invoked for a moment in ''Anime/MagicalPokaan'', to make you think Aiko had snapped. She didn't, but it was terrifying nonetheless.
* Used a few times on Kyubey in later episodes of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* Becomes increasingly frequent in VisualNovel/SteinsGate with Okarin's close-ups whenever [[TraumaCongaLine something particularly traumatic happens]] or he gets closer to [[DespairEventHorizon snapping from stress.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* A shot like this occurs in ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}'' (1953), when the scientists are testing the Martian probe viewer device.
* The film ''Film/HotShots'' had a character afflicted with "Walleye Vision" that made the world appear this way. This was a problem because he was a pilot.
* [[TheComputerIsYourFriend HAL 9000's]] POV shots in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''. His infamous glowing red eye was in fact made with a real fisheye lens.
* The entirety of ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' was shot through two paired fisheye lenses, a purposeful choice by director John Ford to show the open, sweeping landscape of the West. It works beautifully for its intended purpose, but when used for close-ups inside buildings... not so much.
* Just about every scene in ''Film/MotherGooseRockNRhyme'' uses it.
* Used in ''Film/ErnestPWorrell'' to make Ernest look all the more obnoxious.
* ''Film/EnterTheVoid''
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}''
* ''RequiemForADream''
* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''
* Action sports Films, such as skateboarding, used fisheye lens to capture the ride tricks while still be able to see the surroundings and the riders themselves in the action.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DoctorWho'' director Graeme Harper has done this with nearly every new series story he has directed. [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Image:MickeyJackieSJSWarped.jpg Example]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]].
* When [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Kramer]] decided to put his peephole in backwards (so people could see in his apartment), we saw him like this.
* This is often used in establishing shots on TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, because massive, all consuming piles of stuff apparently aren't freaky enough on their own.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye" used fisheye lens in a scene featuring Geordi La Forge when [[spoiler: he was being manipulated via mental reprogramming to assassinate a visiting governor]].
* As Series/{{Tosh0}} shows, everything looks cooler [[http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens through a fish eye lens!]]
* Used in ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' in the "backstage" room where only characters who are aware of their fictional existence can discuss the story.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Some album covers use this effect:
** ''Mr. Tambourine Man'' by Music/TheByrds
** The American cover for ''Are You Experienced?'' by The Music/JimiHendrix Experience.
** ''Safe as Milk'' by Music/CaptainBeefheart and His Magic Band
** ''Carnival of Light'' by Music/{{Ride}}
** ''Don't Believe the Truth'' by {{Oasis}}
** ''Hergest Ridge'' by Music/MikeOldfield
** ''Mars Audiac Quintet'' by Music/{{Stereolab}}
** ''On Your Feet or On Your Knees'' by Music/BlueOysterCult
** ''Gish'' by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins
* Invoked in Music/PinkFloyd's "The Final Cut."
--> Through the fish-eyed lens of tear-stained eyes/I can barely define the shape of this moment in time.

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[[folder: Music Videos ]]

* This technique was used a lot by music video director Harold "Hype" Williams in the mid- to late-1990s, especially ones that he directed for Music/BustaRhymes' songs.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The aliens see like this in both ''Rebellion''-made ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' videogames.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series has this as a temporary PowerUp. While gaining 180-degree peripheral vision is theoretically an advantage, [[PowerUpLetdown most players found it a disorienting annoyance]].
** ''VideoGame/PrimeTarget'' and ''Marathon Rubicon'' use this feature of the engine, accompanied by other special effects, to show the PlayerCharacter in a drugged/groggy state.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses these on occasion -- [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=408 to convey a view of mini-camera]] and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=514 along with]] some other [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=599 distortions]] for ethereal sight.
* At one point in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01918.htm (here)]] there's a through-the-peephole shot of Florence, which makes her look more like a bear than a wolf.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Appears in ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' as the chestcam Jay [[spoiler:and more recently/earlier on (as the 'recent' footage is actually supposed to be from old tapes around 7 months ago), Alex]] wears.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' once had Marge look out the peephole at Skinner to produce this effect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' also did this, with Jay's ex-wife looking out the peephole at a grotesque Jay. She was even more disgusted to find he looked exactly the same when she opened the door.
* Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has one of these with Gaston through a peephole.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' revolved around Brendon trying to buy a fish-eye lens to use in his movies.
* A VerySpecialEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter looks at a distorted, [[PuppyDogEyes puppy-eyed]] Quagmire though the peephole on his door. He's surprised to find that Quagmire really does looks like that, having gotten that way from the lack of sleep due to the domestic violence that had kept him up all night.
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