I see that Persepolis is opening at US cinemas this week. I see that the editor of this animated film is credited as Editor/Compositor. Compositors layer shots so that they combine foregrounds and backgrounds from different sources. This is used in animated and special visual effects shots (the more recent Star Wars trilogy for example).

An interesting job combination. We editors compose by combining shots in the 4th dimension. If we are compositors too, we take shots and combine them in 2 and bit dimensions. It may be that future movies will more often record background (plate) footage so that retakes and alternate line readings can be composed into new shots by compos-editors.

Now, where’s that manual page about difference mattes…


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