Chapter 15. Learning to See

Learning to See

Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly.

 --Chinese Proverb

In visual effects, we often speak of The Eye, as in, “She has a good eye,” or “He's got good technical skills, but needs to develop his eye.” Sure, we admire the luminary visual effects supervisors because they can field-strip a Mitchell camera movement blindfolded or code their own HDR exposure-merging Shake plug-in from scratch, but they are most revered because they have The Eye.

What exactly does that mean? It's simple: Having The Eye means knowing the answer to the Ultimate Question:

  • Why doesn't this shot look real?

It's the question you're ...

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