While watching Final Destination 3 I noticed a very characteristic camera shot. At a scene where the main character, Wendy, sits in her room at the computer (watching the supposedly foretelling fotos), her sister talks to her from the outside (asking if she can have the camera/fotos). There is a certain camera shot, where on the left side a frontal close-up of Wendy's face is shown, while on the right side you see her sister standing in full height inside the open door (which is lighter than the inside of the room), as sketched in this picture:
(Forgive my awful Paint abilities, but I didn't know how to find a picture of this scene. If somebody does, feel free to replace it.)
This shot immediately struck me as being somehow characteristic and out of place and infused feelings to me of some kind of older Hitchcock or Brian De Palma thriller or something the like. I also think to remember of having seen this kind of shot or something similar used in Cape Fear (Scorsese's 1991 version), where Jessica Lange is shown in front of the dresser talking to Nick Nolte who stands in the door or father away.
I would like to know if this technique has a certain name or theory behind it and where its origins lie, or if there is any particular director or movie who made this famous. It may be even that Final Destination 3 uses this especially in reference to some director or movie.
(And of course the usual disclaimer that I might just be overinterpreting things here and there isn't much more to it.)