the master


Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master has a unique visual presence that can be rather difficult to fully identify. A visual motif seems to be characters framed dead-center, or straight lines creating a “folding-point” down the middle of the frame. In this video, I chose several instances from the film with such symmetry and then mirrored half the frame, using the exact center as the flipping point. Due to Anderson’s use of symmetry, the results are reminiscent of a Rorschach test–half the frame serving as the ink and the middle of the frame serving as the fold. Once folded over, the “ink” creates an exact mirrored image of itself, birthing an entirely new picture. “Tell me what you see.”

Watch a video exploring the Rorshach test visuals of The Master.