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The Art and Technique of Matchmoving by Erica Hornung

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HOW MOVIES GET MADE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT, AND WHY

These days, many digital artists come to work right out of a computer science or digital arts program, and have never actually worked on a live set with a real movie camera. That's okay, but in order to be a really good film effects artist, you need to know at least a little about how your shot gets to you.

I've learned at least as much from sitting in dailies with the great John Dykstra as I have from my years in film school. Why? Because he knows film, what kind of stock should be used for one shot or another, how motion blur works in the real world, how lighting is set up, and on and on. He is a legend, and just listening to his commentary and critiques is an education in itself. ...

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