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The Difference Between Cinematography and Visual Effects

The Dolby blog speaks to cinematographer Daryn Okada (

Mean Girls; Let’s Be Cops

) who explains the difference between cinematography and visual effects when it comes to achieving the final look of a film.

“Cinematography is the process of visually telling the story and physically photographing the movie on set. [It’s the process of] orchestrating the lighting, composition and camera movement,” says Okada. “

Visual effects are created by the artist, typically


shooting has concluded, in order to expand the vision of the director. This is accomplished by creating images that can’t be reasonably photographed on set or do not exist physically.”

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