Special Effects: The History and Technique

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Billboard Books, 2007 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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Ever wondered how Harry Potter flew in that quidditch game? Ever puzzled over King Kong swatting down airplanes? Ever tried to figure out Spider-Man swung from building to building? It’s all done with optical and digital effects, with miniature photography and animation, with pyrotechnics, animatronics, and even sound effects--and Special Effects: The History and Technique offers the definitive history of movie magic plus detailed technical explanations and diagrams. Packed with more than 500 photographs and profiles of such groundbreakers as George Lucas, James Cameron, and Robert Zemeckis, it is sure to appeal to fans of all ages. From A Trip to the Moon to X-Men 3, from The Lost World to War of the Worlds, from the 1933 King Kong to the 2005 King Kong, this stunning book reveals the magic of special effects.

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User Review  - jontseng - LibraryThing

A vast oeuvre; clearly a work of love. Notable because it covers not only modern effects (computer graphics, blue screens and the like) but the full gamut of historical model making, optical effects ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hal - Goodreads

This book was absolutely incredible! As an amateur filmmaker, I found it to be a fascinating and engrossing read. I spent hours upon hours poring over each and every page, searching every nook and ... Read full review



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Richard Rickitt is the cofounder of Clockwork Digital, a company that creates animation and special effects for film and television. A leading authority on the history and technology of special effects, he is an award-winning author and a popular speaker. He lives in London.  Ray Harryhausen is the greatest animator in movie history and a pioneer in stop-motion animation.

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