Creating Depth Preview

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Although the movie screen is a flat two-dimensional plane, we as filmmakers have incredibly powerful tools to craft the perception of depth – not only to create a visually-engaging shot, but to enhance the emotional connection between the audience and our characters.
In this module you will learn techniques for crafting foreground, midground, and background elements, how to manage depth or flatness as a narrative tool, techniques used in network television shows to cheat depth, and the ways the camera lens can affect depth.
Bring a sense of realism to your shot and master the tools you need to add the third dimension to an otherwise flat image.


  • 17:20 video that walks you through how to create depth and dimension in the frame
  • Complete companion guide


  • How to set-up and cheat foreground elements to add depth to the frame
  • How to use the background to create depth and separation
  • The difference between real world vs. proscenium staging
  • How the camera perceives depth and how you can exploit this to create the illusion of dimension
I am very impressed by the quality of the video that I have been watching. I will strongly recommend to my peers.”
   - Weimin Zhang,
       San Francisco State University