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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 5th Edition by Videomaker

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31 The Divine Proportion: Balancing the Golden Rule

James Williams

Nature created it; visual artists follow it. From sea-shells and leaves to flower petals, and yes, a Gecko’s tail, using aesthetically-pleasing framing creatively draws your viewer into your shot composition.

A cold breeze blows across the relic hunter’s face as she approaches the stone tomb. She inches closer as her torchlight dances across the darkened church walls. She reaches out to the stone door—and the torch flame suddenly goes out. Total blackness. The director yells “Cut!” The lights come back on as everyone prepares for the next scene.

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