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"The director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why."
Roger Ebert's review of Battlefield Earth, referencing the film's liberal use of this trope

Shots taken from a cantednote  camera angle, often from a low position. Usually used to help create a jarring, "off-center" feel.

Originated in 1930s German cinema, causing it to become known as the "Deutsch angle"; this was then corrupted to "Dutch angle", its most common name. Also known as Canted Camera.

Like any trope, this can be played with. Some examples may start with a normal angle and then shift to a Dutch Angle. Others may start with a Dutch Angle tilted in one direction, and then swivel to tilt the other way, which is even more jarring.

Done well, it can create an eerie setting that isn't quite right. Done not so well, in the wrong places, or way, way too many times, it can look a little silly.

This was a particularly popular technique in The '90s, where (especially in advertising) it was essentially the 20th-century counterpart to Jitter Cam.

Compare with Hitler Cam (the camera is aimed upwards to make one or more figures taller/physically imposing), Knee-High Perspective (where the camera isn't angled, but is still close to the ground, creating the impression of a small perspective), and Low-Angle Empty World Shot (the camera is angled upwards to hide nearby scenery).


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  • The great late Osamu Dezaki was fond of these and popularized its use in anime when he directed the The Rose of Versailles. In Dear Brother it's not rare to see him using a diagonal Dutch angle. Combined with rather quick cuts and even montages of Dutch angle shots combined with his famed Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame technique. He used this often daring combination to generate a sense of dislocation to raise the drama.
  • Noir uses this frequently, sometimes even from a low position.
  • Used quite a bit in the anime adaptation of Baccano!, particularly during conversations with unbalanced characters.
  • Avenger liberally used this trope. One scene was even drawn completely sideways for no apparent reason.
  • Arata: The Legend employs this when Hinohara first enters Amawakuni and gets his first view of the capital.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: When Kanade tries to undo Matsuri's Gender Bender through the mark it left on his abdomen, the panel shows Matsuri flipped upside down. This subtly misdirects you to think the mark had rotated as when it was first applied, but it had actually stayed in place because Kanade was unsuccessful.
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor. When the Empress Azalyn says she's pregnant with Captain Tylor's child, the view immediately tilts to illustrate that even for a crew used to their captain's bizarre antics, this is a shocking moment.
  • The anime adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul uses a few strong ones. Of particular note includes a tilt as Kaneki first discovers that he has become a ghoul to highlight his newfound horror and frantic thinking. Another prominent moment is during one of his mental journeys in the sequel :re, in which the camera slants as he strangles his child self.
  • Used often in Serial Experiments Lain to great effect. For an example, take notice of how the final scenes of episode 2 are framed.
  • Omnipresent in Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, probably to reinforce the "slightly off" feel of the series' setting and atmosphere. It's a rather light-hearted slice-of-life series... except for the massive alien ship floating above Tokyo.
  • Masuda Eiji is fond of those, both in Sakura Discord and My Monster Secret, during serious dramatic scenes (especially love confessions). The latter being the series it is, it also uses the trope parodically on occasions, for scenes that have a serious tone but either have a completely silly context or are subverted the page after.
  • In Assassination Classroom, the panel where Nagisa's visible killing intent goes from 0 to 100 in an instant is drawn like this.
  • Ginga Teikoku Kouboushi: Volume 2: Foundation: Once Pherl has learned about the Blackmail material, he's kneeling in desperation and terror with Limmar Ponyets in the middle ground, and dozens of screens in the background adding to the ominous and desperate feeling of the frame.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War does this to underline Kaguya's feelings of freedom from her rigid upbringing when she walks to school by herself for the first time. The shot would later be homaged when Hayasaka is finally freed from servitude and walks to school with her.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • 12 Monkeys: The camera is tilted during Cole's time in the psychiatric hospital in 1990, to highlight his losing grip on reality.
  • Used at the end of the first American Pie, when Kevin and Vicky have sex for the first time. It is extremely awkward for them, symbolized by the shot being tilted just a little too much.
  • Batman:
  • Battlefield Earth:
    • Infamously overused (to the point that according to the director, every shot but one is slanted), to much chortling from film buffs and movie critics alike. Might as well be called Dutch Angle: The Movie. Giles Nuttgens, the movie's director of photography, has stated on the record that he opposed the overuse of Dutch Angles. One reviewer describes this best:
      The director only has one style of camera work: shoot everything in an angle. Barry Pepper is running at an angle, John Travolta is talking at an angle, Forest Whitaker is looking embarrassed at an angle. Isn't that cool? It's at an angle.
    • It reaches critical mass during a scene where the villains are watching something on a monitor. The footage on the monitor is at a Dutch angle, and the camera filming the monitor is also at a Dutch angle. There's a Dutch angle filming a Dutch angle.
  • Part of Michael Bay's Signature Style. This even extends to the commercials he directed.
  • Birdemic, owing to the low production values, couldn't shoot the interior of the car without cramming the entire camera into it.
    JonTron: Y'know, I gotta say it's really progressive of the people who made this movie to hire a cameraman with only one arm.
  • Used twice in Boogie Nights. First time when Eddie announces he will do porn, which underscores the turn his life will take. Second time when he is introduced to the new guy, Johnny Doe. His life again will turn again, for the worse this time.
  • ''The Brave One uses them whenever Erica is having or about to have trouble.
  • Used occasionally in Brick.
  • Carmen's Pure Love: This film, about a stripper trying to avoid starvation in post-war Japan (it's a comedy, actually) is Dutch Angle: The Movie. Every single scene in the film is tilted from the vertical at some point, sometimes shifting from one side to the other like a ship in the waves. In the scene where Akemi and Carmen go back to retrieve the Doorstop Baby, the camera starts out tilted to one side, rights itself to vertical when the Sudo family comes out, then tilts back to the other direction when Akemi collects the child.
  • Casino Royale (1967) uses this type of shot extensively in a sequence with Joanna Pettet's character in Berlin, appropriately in a German Expressionist-style set.
  • Used in Con Air during Poe's confrontation with fellow convict Billy Bedlam.
  • Used in The Cranes Are Flying to emphasize Veronika's moments of emotional distress, like when she comes home to her apartment to find that it has been destroyed, and her parents killed, by a German bomb.
  • Heavily abused in Curse of the Zodiac. At random times, the camera will just completely tilt to the side.
  • Used extensively in Dead of Night during the nightmarish climax.
  • The Departed uses a tilted shot when Billy Costigan is interrogating the kneecapped bank robber.
  • Masterfully used by John McTiernan in Die Hard in the scene when Hans and John meet face to face for the first time. John McClane is unaware (or unsure) of Hans' identity, while Hans perfectly knows who John is. John decides to give Hans a gun to protect himself. For the whole movie McTiernan uses a straight angle for anything Hans-related (symbolizing Hans' straight, thought-out plan), and a Dutch angle for John (symbolizing his role as a fly in the ointment and his love for improvisation). Of course, Hans plans to shoot John, but you know before him that the gun is empty... because the camera slowly tilts in the shot of Hans aiming at John.
  • Used a lot in Do the Right Thing.
  • Overused by director John Patrick Shanley in his film adaptation of his play Doubt.
  • Used extensively in The Element of Crime, and combined with wild but slow camera movements, to induce a sensation of loosing directions and gravity perception in the audience (justified because the whole movie is a hypnosis-induced flashback).
  • Appears frequently in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy. Most noticeable during a very quiet but paranoia-inducing scene near the end of the first movie; the camera starts out tilted 45 degrees to one side, shifts over, and ends the shot angled 45 degrees to the other side.
  • A startling use of this trope in The Face of Another. Dr. Hira the plastic surgeon has made a Latex Perfection mask for Mr. Okajima, whose face was blasted off in an industrial accident. Hira continues with the procedure despite his own concerns that the the mask could erode Okajima's morality and drive him mad. Right after the mask is applied for the first time, with Okajima sitting in a chair while Hira faces him, the image actually rotates clockwise 90 degrees. This causes Hira to loom over Okajima at the top of the screen as he goes on about how the mask will make Okajima a "new man".
  • Present in the fast-food holdup scene from Falling Down, where a few canted point-of-view style panning shots pinpoint the moment when D-Fens realises it might be unreasonable to hold an entire eatery full of people hostage just because they stopped serving breakfast a few minutes before he walked in.
  • The Gremlins movies use this shot quite a bit as the titular monsters are causing chaos to show how unnatural they are and how out of whack everything is getting.
  • The subtler variant is used throughout the Black Comedy High Stakes, owing to the protagonist's love of Film Noir style.
  • In Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan homage, Hook, when Mr. Smee has his "apostrophe" (i.e. his epiphany) that they could get Peter's kids to love Captain Hook, the camera suddenly tilts into a Dutch angle. Then as Smee begins walking toward Hook, it canters back and forth with each step, like the rocking of a boat.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! uses camera tilt as the default rather than the exception, giving the whole film as very strange, off-kilter look. Maybe this has something to do with the film being a fractured retelling of the familiar Dr. Seuss story.
  • Used just as masterfully again by John McTiernan in The Hunt for Red October whenever a submarine is either diving, surfacing, or making a banked turn underwater. Subverted in that usually the cameras were being held perfectly level in these shots. The set was mounted on gimbals to tilt it just like the floor of a real submarine doing the same maneuvers would tilt.
    • For the record, yes, some cast and crew did suffer motion sickness as a result of this. No word on whether any of them ever actually lost their lunch, though.
  • Used in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), along with many other bizarre camera angles, in order to emphasize disorientation and isolation.
  • Used for several tense scenes in I Wake Up Screaming, like when a woman is being interrogated by the cops, or when that same woman is shocked to find that same cop hiding in her apartment.
  • Used in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie after she is startled by a branch crashing through the window during a thunderstorm.
  • Used often on the Thenardiers in Les Misérables (2012), in order to make them seem more unpleasant. It's also used at the beginning of Marius's meeting with Valjean, to reflect his excitement about being married to his daughter.
  • Mission: Impossible film series:
  • Mystery Men uses some Dutch shots during the action scenes and also when the main characters are drunk in a bar.
  • Seen throughout New Jack City, particularly whenever Nino Brown or his drug dealing gang, Cash Money Brothers (CMB), are onscreen.
  • Used in the 1962 Hammer Horror version of The Phantom of the Opera for Professor Petrie's Troubled Backstory Flashback that reveals how he became the Phantom.
  • Used in one scene of Serenity (combined with an odd, rollercoaster-like dip) as a visual cue when River Tam is reading the minds of a room full of people.
  • Used in Star Trek (2009) when Spock appears before the Vulcan High Council.
  • Tár uses it subtly in the Apartment for Sale scene, reflecting how Lydia's life is falling apart and she's becoming mentally unbalanced.
  • The classic 1949 film noir The Third Man makes great use of tilted camera angles through the whole movie. After finishing the movie director Carol Reed was presented (either by the crew or a fellow director) with a spirit level to put on his camera in future projects.
  • Used a lot in the movie Thor, intended to be reminiscent of comic book panels. Notably occurs whenever Loki is onscreen. In the following film, The Avengers (2012), this is carried over, including one significant scene when Loki is not present - but his influence is.
  • Used in some of Terry Gilliam's films, e.g. Tideland.
  • A spinning one is used in New Moon of the Twilight saga as Edward breaks up with Bella. Director Chris Weitz does this to create a nauseous, disoriented kind of feeling. As if you weren't already nauseated by the film itself.
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie:
    • In "It's a Good Life", several are used when Anthony brings the cartoon creature to life.
    • They are used extensively throughout "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
  • The 1966 Russian adaptation of War and Peace uses this trope to underline moments of chaos or emotional distress. In Part I the camera tilts and sways repeatedly during Pierre's Ten Paces and Turn duel with Dolokhov. In Part III the camera is tilting around again when the French are marching through a burning village. In Part IV this is used multiple times during the chaotic sack and burning of Moscow.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of The Avengers (1960s) combines this with a Staggered Zoom when a Killer Robot smashes its way through a victim's front door.
  • Used in the Babylon 5 episode "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari" to indicate shifts between reality and Londo's hallucinations. Unusually, rather than cutting to the angle shots, the camera slowly tilts and slides into the angle as it moves with Londo.
  • Occasionally used on Barney & Friends, often to simulate airplane flights.
  • Batman (1966) habitually tilted the camera 45 degrees so you'd have a visual cue that you were in a bad guy's lair. (The creators acknowledged that this was a Visual Pun for the villains being "crooked".) The Dutch Angle became so connected with the TV series that when Star Trek: The Original Series had Frank Gorshin (who played The Riddler) on as a guest star, they threw in a few as a homage.
  • Used in the very last seconds of Being Human, right after the camera focuses on a revelatory object.
  • In the Charmed (1998) episode "Charmed Again", the early scenes at a wake held in the Manor are tilted. By the end of the episode, when the Power of Three has been reconstituted, the camera is level again.
  • Doctor Who
    • Used quite liberally in "The Idiot's Lantern", particularly in scenes where the Doctor encounters London denizens that have lost their faces.
    • In "Eve of the Daleks" the characters are stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. The first time they get exterminated by a Dalek only to reset to the mundane events at the start of the time loop, Dutch angle is used to convey their sense of disorientation.
  • Eerie, Indiana:
    • In "The Dead Letter", multiple Dutch angles are used during Marshall's Dream Sequence.
    • In "Marshall's Theory of Believability", several are used in the scene in which Professor Zirchon tries to sell the "space thing" to Eerie.
    • In "Zombies in P.J.s", there is one when Marshall discovers most of the townspeople sleepwalking to the World O' Stuff to go on a shopping spree.
  • Of all shows, Family Feud in the Richard Karn era would slowly start tilting the camera to a ridiculous angle coming into/out of commercial. In the last year or two, sometimes it would tilt in one direction (rapidly), then tilt the other way so fast it was dizzying. It could be even worse coming back from commercial.
  • Used on Farscape in the Mind Frell episodes, or whenever they wanted to establish just how frayed Crichton's mental state is at any given moment. Needless to say, the latter happened a lot in Season 2.
  • On Father Ted, the episode "Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep" is a parody of mystery films. While the fathers search for a howling monster outside the parochial house at night, Dutch angles are overwhelmingly used. Then they discover the howling comes from a stereo hanging in a tree, and the shot slowly straightens itself.
  • The pilot episode of The Remake of The Fugitive opens with this, highlighting Richard Kimble's disorientation as he regains consciousness just after the prison transport van has crashed.
  • Good Eats is saturated with Dutch angle shots, taken from just about every conceivable place in a kitchen that one could fit a camera. Most of the appliances were built with clear backs so that these could be achieved.
  • Heroes: There's never a steady, level shot of Samuel whenever he appears.
  • Used interestingly in the House episode "Insensitive". At the beginning, after a car accident, it shows a shot of the front of a properly oriented truck, but as the camera slowly zooms out, it rotates as well to show that the truck is actually on its side.
  • Invoked in an episode of How I Met Your Mother when Marshall and Lily move into a new apartment, only to find that the floor is slanted. As soon as they make that realization the camera itself tilts to show what the characters are feeling.
  • Seemingly used for every establishing shot in the HBO series John Adams.
  • Logan's Run: In "Futurepast", several are used during Logan's nightmare about being forced to abandon Jessica.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Used in "Udun", during the scene where Galadriel interrogates Adar, to convey the increasing tension and gravity of the situation, but also to indicate how twisted is the psyche of the involved characters.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000, most shots of Deep 13 are done with the camera tilted, though from a high angle. Justified by the fact that the Deep 13 shots we see are from an actual camera they use to communicate, which is likely at that angle.
  • Power Rangers:
  • A favourite of director Edgar Wright; used in Spaced, specifically when Brian and Marsha question Tim and Daisy's two-anniversary facade in the first episode. Edgar name-checks the technique in the DVD commentary.
  • The Red Green Show: The episode "The Sink Hole" has a rather unusual purpose of being used to simulate the lean on the lodge.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
    • "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" features several of these, partly in homage to Gorshin's casting as the episode's villain, but also as part of a general visual theme of bizarre camera tricks throughout the episode, including extreme close-ups (used during the self-destruct sequence) and double-exposures (used during the climactic chase sequence).
    • In "Wink of an Eye", the Dutch angle is used as a general indicator for when we're watching someone in the accelerated time stream. When Kirk and Spock start to hyper-accelerate, the picture tilts as the people around them slow down.
    • The montage from "Amok Time", where it serves to show just how unbalanced Vulcans in ponn farr become.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Used to signify that Kira and Bashir have entered the Mirror Universe. They kind of overshot the angles a little, making it very distracting and hard to concentrate on the Expo Speak.
  • Star Trek: Picard:
    • In "The Impossible Box", whenever Soji is dreaming, the angle of the floor slowly tilts from one side to another. When she's taught to take control of her dreams while meditating, this stops.
    • In "Nepenthe", when La Sirena is caught in the Artifact's tractor beam, the camera is titled diagonally while Raffi explains to Rios that "The underlying code's all freaky Borg machine language" and after Jurati suggests, "Just tell them we want to go home."
  • The Season 10 Supernatural episode "Fan Fiction" uses Dutch angles on the shot of Sam and Dean's discovery that a girl's high school they're investigating is putting on a musical based on the books based on their lives. The moment is Played for Laughs, and is supposed to underscore their shock and discomfort with the situation.
  • Sweet Home (2020) uses the Dutch angle multiple times in each episode, especially when the characters are in danger.
  • The Terror. However, the angle is motivated by the fact the ship is tilted, so not only is it unnerving for the viewer, but it was inconvenient and unnerving for the sailors In-Universe, too.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In "Where Is Everybody?", these are used throughout the sequence in which Mike Ferris flees in terror from the movie theater into the town square.
    • The carnival Dream Sequence in "Perchance to Dream" features these prominently.
    • "Third from the Sun" makes extensive use of Dutch angles.
    • In "The Fever", one is used for a shot of Franklin Gibbs at the slot machine after he's become obsessed and screamed at his wife Flora to leave him alone.
    • In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", there are multiple such shots in the final scene when the residents of Maple Street go berserk and start rioting.
    • Used throughout "The Howling Man".
    • In "A Game of Pool", two are used during tense moments in the pool game.
    • In "Deaths-Head Revisited", numerous Dutch angle shots are used during Gunter Lütze's trial at Dachau.
    • In "Little Girl Lost", these are used throughout the sequence set in the other dimension.
    • In "The Dummy", these are used extensively after Jerry Etherson starts hearing Willie and seeing his shadow while leaving the theater.
    • In "Mute", several such shots are used when Miss Frank tries to force Ilse Nielsen into saying her name in front of her class for the first time.
    • In "Death Ship", one is used to represent the E-89 being thrown off-course by Lt. Mike Carter's attempt to prevent Captain Paul Ross from landing the ship again.
    • In "The Parallel", several are used to represent Gaines' disorientiation upon hearing radio signals immediately before he is sent back to his own universe.
    • In "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", multiple Dutch angles are used during the sequence in which William J. Feathersmith unsuccessfully tries to convince the people of Cliffordville, Indiana to invest in his ideas for new inventions in 1910, all of which are commonly available in 1963.
    • In "In Praise of Pip", multiple Dutch angles are used during both the Good-Times Montage of Max and Pip Phillips in the amusement park and their subsequent confrontation in the Hall of Mirrors.
    • In "From Agnes - With Love", one is used in the opening scene in which James Elwood and his supervisor find Fred Danziger frantically arguing with Agnes.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
  • Justified in the UFO (1970) episode "Sub-Smash". A Skydiver submarine has become trapped on the bottom of the ocean, with its deck tilted on an angle — which subtly indicates the protagonist's increasing sense of claustrophobia.
  • A staple for any villain in the Ultra Series. Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed all use it whenever the villain is watching a fight... usually with a crazy smile on their face.
  • The Walking Dead (2010) uses this to great effect in the climactic and incredibly tense negotiation scene in season 5's "Coda".
  • Word of Honor uses this constantly in scenes where Wen Kexing deals with the other ghosts. It also pops up when the other ghosts are on-screen even if Wen Kexing isn't.

  • A variety of angles and dynamic shots are used in Lindsey Stirling's videos, including this one. It's especially noticeable in "Spontaneous Me", where the camera ends up rotating nearly upside down while going into this shot.
  • Bob Marley: The album cover of Live shows a photo of Bob that is slightly canted.
  • The Ramones' album cover of Leave Home is also shot canted.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • At some time during the mid 1990's, The Undertaker's slow eerie entrance also consisted of a canted shot of his face to show how dark and intense his presence was.

    Video Games 
  • PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY 3 will slightly tilt the camera when carrying a bag of loot.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum used this as one of many visual cues indicating that Batman is under the effects of Scarecrow's fear gas. It works.
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars has this in spades. Every single FMV in the Nod-side storyline is filmed in long shots of slightly acute angles.
  • In Devil May Cry 2, some of the Fixed Camera angles in certain missions' areas (such as the starting area in Dante's Mission 14 and the sinister-looking hallways in Uroboros) are tilted.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, this is frequently used when the view is centred on a person possessed by a demon (such as when you confront Uldred in the first game).
  • In Eternal Darkness, the more insane your character gets, the more tilted the camera gets. One cutscene in the game even began with the camera tilted and in the lowest corner of a room. Indeed, if you use a Sanity-restoring spell or item, the tilt lessens until it disappears at full Sanity.
  • Final Fantasy
  • Kane & Lynch — in addition to applying the red hue to the screen - tilts the camera a bit to indicate low health.
  • King's Quest: Mask of Eternity: In one cutscene in the Dimension of Death, before Lord Azriel's Sanctum.
  • The title screen of Super Sprint is canted about 45 degrees to the left.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has several of these, with one of the more prominent examples being when Ganondorf dies while standing with the Master Sword lodged in his chest.
  • The final, spacefaring level of NightFire uses this to illustrate gravity-less space. Pressing the "Action" button on the controller remedies the effect at the cost of a good shot.
  • Present a few times throughout the Parasite Eve series.
  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: During the player's first visit to Area Zero, at Research Station 4, the camera suddenly tilts to the right, stops, then continues tilting slowly to accentuate the creepiness of the professor's voice suddenly glitching out and repeating the last four words they said.
  • In the Resident Evil remake, once you reach the labs, every other camera shot becomes a Dutch angle.
  • Part of Silent Hill's Signature Style to illustrate how out-of-it the protagonists are.
  • Undertale Jump Cuts between several skewed angles of Undyne as she says "SCREW IT!" and her Boss Battle music begins.
  • Trails of Cold Steel II: Rean is gathering all his classmates who escaped from the school during Crow's lockdown of it. When he finds Jusis, the last of Class VII, they exchange pleasantries, as Rean had done with the rest of the class, while this angle is used on Jusis. It's done to show that Jusis is working for the Noble Alliance, due to his father and brother working with them, and thus, cannot go with Rean to stop the civil war.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Feast Master chapter of Banana-nana-Ninja! Dutch Angles are used to illustrate Baninja's horror at having to kill and cook Mudkips.

    Web Comics 
  • This Exiern strip, when the evil sorcerer Faden (temporarily?) regains his powers during an eclipse of the moon and breaks free. Actually, the tilting starts with the last panel of the page before that, when the heroine notices something is wrong with the light.
  • Used in Fleep to symbolize Jimmy's shock after the news that his wife is dead.
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, when Antimony uses the Blinker Stone to see distant things, her Blinker-vision combines odd angles and Fish-Eye Lens perspective.
  • Used in El Goonish Shive to reflect both the eeriness of Abe getting to Ellen, and his own disorientation due to the sleep grenade here and later used to convey a ominous mysteriousness here.
  • Wapsi Square uses this sometimes, such as the first panel here. This is most likely due to the author's background in photography.
  • Planet of Hats, in the strip "Wink of an Eye", parodying the episode of the same name from Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Foundation - The Psychohistorians: As Hari Seldon shows Gaal Dornick how the various probabilities of assassination, revolt, economic depression, declining exploration affect the Galactic Empire, the camera view is tilted back and slightly to the side, to show how the thought of Trantor's destruction is a frightening certainty.

    Web Videos 
  • Starting with Act II, some of the shots for Billy and his villainous alter ego in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog began coming from odd angles, or were lit darkly, or shot as if Dr. Horrible were pressed into a corner. The closer the show got to its climax, and the more Billy progressed on his path to darkness, the more bizarre the camera shots became.
  • Channel Awesome:

    Western Animation 
  • The shots for Azula in the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender became increasingly more crooked and wild-cut as her paranoia grew and got worse. Part of the final fight scene even featured a shaky camera effect.
  • The original Scooby-Doo liked to do this with the introductory shot of the Monster of the Week.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Lesson Zero", this is used when Twilight Sparkle enters Rarity's boutique, probably to accentuate the over-the-top nature of her friend's freakout. They become used more frequently in the third and fourth seasons. This also happens in Rainbow Rocks with the Dazzlings, to show just how "off" they are.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power uses this quite a few times, such as in the episode "Remember" to suggest that everything is not as perfect as it seems, and at the Elberon party in "Taking Control" to add to the feeling that something is off.


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