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Flash Cinematic Techniques by Chris Jackson

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CHAPTER 4

Direct My Eye

Good composition arranges visual elements into a harmonious whole, while concentrating the audience’s attention to the most significant area of interest in the shot. This chapter focuses on building good compositions and the arrangement of elements in three-dimensional space.

Composing the Space

Drawing the Line

Being Dominant

Having Some Depth

Focusing Attention

Simulating Depth in Flash

Composing the Space

The previous chapter introduced an important cinematic component called the shot. Shots are the building blocks to your visual story. Every shot in a film or animation is about something, from two characters talking to revealing an object of significant importance (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1: Every shot is about something. ...

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