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How to make “special effects” actually mean something

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So this may be every photography teachers’ favorite video to show how camera effects like depth of field focus and make us perceive the world through camera film. The short film “The Third & The Seventh” by Alex Roman shows us how well shots can be composed. Most folks show it to their friends and students only to reveal its “secret” after they’ve taken in at least a few minutes of its grandeur.

Ready for the big reveal? If you haven’t already, watch the video first and then read on.

Everything in the video is computer generated. “The Third & The Seventh” takes everything CGI can render realistically: shadows, architecture, 3D objects, etc. and integrates camera-like effects to make it feel even more like it’s being filmed. With any luck we’ll see much more movies and games use these kinds of tricks to build realistic worlds beyond our own.

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