My wife happened to be on the set of "The Sopranos" this week and was surprised to see that the set for Dr. Malfi's therapy office is round. I'd never noticed a round set on the Sopranos, and took a look at a couple of their DVD's to see for myself. In rare instances, the curvature of the room is revealed, but most of the time, the room appears to be square. Interestingly, if you believe the room is square, the round walls create a kind of wide angle effect. Objects in the center of the shots seem further away than objects at the edges. It's a subtle effect, but definitely there. I'm not sure if the audience is supposed to realize that the room is round, or if it is round in order to create this optical effect. It has me wondering if sets are sometimes designed to be round as an alternative to shooting with a wide angle lens. Any thoughts?
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