Design Matters, Design Review

Design of Permanent Roommates

All of us have loved and actually fell in love with TVF’s Permanent Roommates, which was one of India’s first web series. In a few short and sweet episodes, the actors stole a lot of hearts. While the innocence of Mikesh was heartwarming and Tanya’s confusion so relatable, what really made the series worth remembering for us was the intro song. It is a wonderful piece of art.

In the intro songs of the two seasons, you see the actors in different settings all in the space of one room. The actors are not left as mere puppets while the camera moves. The actors interact with life sized objects and are framed into a set of a room or a building or a cab which are miniature in size. Before going ahead, let us take a look at the intro songs of the two seasons.

Permanent Roommates Intro Songs

 

While in the first season’s intro, you see a scene set in a room, a taxi, and an apartment, in the second season, you see a building, bathtub, shopping aisle shot in this manner. The final shot of the series name is also shot in the same way. And the fact that the complete song is filmed in one take is just icing on the cake. In an age where intro songs are usually skipped or filled with blaring noises, the soft music and the brilliant video is such a refreshing change. We applaud the team for coming up with such an idea and make it a beautiful reality.

Forced Perspective

The intro songs are shot using a technique known as the “Forced Perspective Technique”. As per Wikipedia – “Forced perspective is a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. It has applications in photography, filmmaking, and architecture.”

“Forced Perspective” is seen in hundreds of pictures of people on holidays. Be it holding the Taj Mahal by the tip or holding the sun in their hands. While the technique is seen invariably every day in photographs, it is rarely seen in any other form. TVF’s Permanent Roommates showed us the possibility of the technique being used in videos as well.

It is so fulfilling to see filmmakers actually spend thoughts on the story and storytelling. And attention to little elements such as the music and the intro song, it is a cherry on the cake. So, Permanent Roommates just makes our heart swell with happiness.

Have you ever seen forced perspective being used in any other films or TV shows? Let us know, we love gawking at intelligent and beautiful art. Comment, share and don’t forget to spread the love!

Until later,

Vani

 

 

PS: Images are taken from Google. The author holds no ownership of the images or the videos. This is just an appreciation post for the design aspect.

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