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HeyAndy
06-29-2010, 03:13 AM
Why do some filmmakers integrate soft edges in a shot? Is there a purpose to them? Or are they just for aesthetics?

These videos are just examples on what I mean,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5zEWE2H6g4&playnext_from=TL&videos=U2Lj6FirpGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CCCrkm5SRM&playnext_from=TL&videos=U2Lj6FirpGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy8jdBSwAto

Thanks

Huy Vu
07-01-2010, 01:02 PM
Adding a very slight soft edge or vignette can be useful in drawing attention to a particular area of the screen. It should be used sparingly and subtly IMO.

David G. Smith
07-01-2010, 08:56 PM
Yeah, I think that the above examples are used to for aesthetic effect and the out of focus foreground helps add depth.