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Learn a handy rule of thumb for creating interesting compositions: the rule of thirds.
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When you get right down to it, it doesn’t take much to make a movie. A camera, a dude, place the stick the dude and something to happen or not happen so your dude in a place becomes a dude in a place overtime which I guess is a story. And admittedly there’s a big difference between that and something like Jurassic Park. But that gap is a lot narrower than you might think and it’s bridged by a lot of stuff like composition which is how you compose your image obviously. It’s how you show your audience what you choose to show them. And this may sound really artifacts in Miasmic and the kind of thing that people talked about in hush tones like “Oh, that Cody, he has such an eye!”
But really 90% of good composition comes from one really, really, really simple rule of thumb, the rule of thirds. I’m going to stand up now. So to demonstrate I’m going to shoot some shots from my new movie which I’m going to call “A Dude” is in a place for a while. And we’ll see which ones work and which ones don’t.
So if you got any taste or aesthetic sensibility at all, you hopefully picked the second of each of those pairs of shots and that’s because they were all composed using the rule of thirds. And what is the rule of thirds, we’ll find only at long last. It’s this, if you have an image like the one in your camera view finder and you divide it into thirds horizontally and vertically it really helps to stick the interesting sheet at the intersection of those two lines. It’s as simple as that. If you’re shooting a dude in a space that you stick his eyes on one of those lines. If you’re shooting a landscape, stick a mountain on one of those spots. If you’re shooting a kid with a balloon where you stick a face of the kid with the balloon on one of those spots, really it’s that easy. Imagine those lines. Put the most interesting bid of what you’re shooting on those lines and your shots will look grand.