Chapter 9. Virtual Cinematography

Virtual Cinematography

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

 --Orson Welles

As visual effects artists, we strive not only to re-create the natural world realistically, but also the camera's view of the world. These goals are by no means the same. The camera sees only a limited part of the world, and from a specific perspective.

Capturing a scene from this perspective requires a host of decisions that constitute a full-blown storytelling art known as cinematography. After Effects offers compositors the opportunity to re-create and even change some of these decisions, long after the crew has struck ...

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