Don't waste valuable time and budget fixing your footage in post! Shoot the effects you want effectively and creatively the first time. This full-color step-by step guide to visual effects cinematography empowers you to plan out and execute visual effects shots on a budget, without falling into the common pitfall of using high-end computer graphics to "fix it in post,” which can be an expensive, drawn out process. Instead, learn how to put your shots together before you start shooting-whether you're working in digital or film. Learn how to effectively photograph and create  miniatures, matte paintings, green screen set ups, crowd replication, digital rear projection, and so much more to create elements that will composite together flawlessly.

The main purpose of effects is to promote the story, not just to wow an audience with amazing tricks created digitally. This book describes methods for creating seamless effects that don't call attention to themselves but enhance the scene as a whole. The technical foundations of film and digital capture are given in the introductory chapters of the book, and you are presented with real world scenarios that illustrate these basic concepts in a practical sense. Step-by-step illustrations of photographic element creation empower you to learn how to effectively pre-plan and execute your own visual effects challenges.

chapter 1|18 pages

Composition and Lighting

chapter 2|23 pages

Forced Perspective

chapter 3|26 pages

Matte Painting

chapter 4|31 pages

Stop Motion

chapter 5|36 pages

Formats and Film

chapter 6|8 pages

The Cineon System

chapter 7|31 pages

Digital Cinema

chapter 8|19 pages

The Moving Camera

chapter 9|42 pages

Blue and Green Screen

chapter 10|23 pages

Miniatures vs. Computer Graphics

chapter 11|22 pages

So You Don't Have a Million Dollars

chapter 12|27 pages

Big Effects, Little Money

chapter 13|14 pages

You Can't Always Get What You Want

chapter 14|11 pages

Welcome to the Circus