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Cinematography: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition by Blain Brown

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Visual Language

More than Just a Picture

Let’s think of the frame as more than just a picture — it is information. Clearly some parts of the information are more important than others, and we want this information to be perceived by the viewer in a certain order — we want the information organized in a particular way. Composition (and lighting, which can be part of composition) is how this is accomplished. Through composition we are telling the audience where to look, what to look at and in what order to look at it. The frame is fundamentally two-dimensional design. 2-D design is about guiding the eye and directing the attention of the viewer in an organized manner that conveys the meaning that you wish to impart. It is how we impose a point ...

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