It started occurring to me last month why modern blue screening (or green or purple) drives me batty.
It’s generally easy to tell when you’re looking at a blue/green/purple screen situation because the actors have this disturbing glow around part of them. This is because whoever is controlling the lighting doesn’t understand their job. I have recently started wondering if it might help for these people to take lessons in realism…like the painting movement.
Of course, then I started thinking about how many illusions are made or broken by the light source. The illusion of a person being in a scene they are nowhere near. The illusion of floating heads or hands in a stage performance. The interplay of shadows. My favorite cartoon as a preteen demonstrated the power of light by making a mug disappear with the aid of a two-way mirror. Fantasy novels have often spouted that light and illusion are synonymous or at least intertwined, and it’s such a true statement.