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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.
* 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''.

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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/DoctorWhoNSS4E13JourneysEnd 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}}''[[note]]Can somebody please find and link to the exact strip?[[/note]] 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.

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