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Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn

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[Chapter Seven] Composition and Staging

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Some of the most important decisions the director and cinematographer make in filming a scene concern composition and staging. Composition refers to the layout of the entire shot; staging is the arrangement of objects and characters within the frame. Good composition and staging are key ingredients in any compelling professional image. In effect, they act as subtle cues from the director, helping guide a viewer’s eye. Composition and staging are governed by a set of artistic rules and cinematic conventions that you can apply in 3D graphics when adjusting your camera, lights, layout, and animation.

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