Special Effects: Still in Search of Wonder [NOOK Book]

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Designed to trick the eye and stimulate the imagination, special effects have changed the way we look at films and the worlds created in them. Computer-generated imagery (CGI), as seen in Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Pa

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Special Effects: Still in Search of Wonder

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Overview

Designed to trick the eye and stimulate the imagination, special effects have changed the way we look at films and the worlds created in them. Computer-generated imagery (CGI), as seen in Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Pa

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Editorial Reviews

American Cinematographer

Intriguing.... This is not a 'nuts and bolts'history of onscreen magic, but a specific analysis of the 'cultural reception'that visual effects have enjoyed throughout the history of cinema.

Senses of Cinema
[A] ground-breaking book... Pierson's journey through the history of special effects offers us an important new perspective which has previously been left out of cinema-related academia and formal criticism.

— John McGowan-Hartmann

author of Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participator - Henry Jenkins

It is something of a cliché to think of special effects as 'movie magic,' but Pierson helps us to understand the substance behind that cliché, tracing our current fascination with computer-generated imagery back to discourses about magic and popular science in the late nineteenth century. Much as these earlier magicians helped to excite public interest and shape popular perceptions of emerging technologies, Pierson shows how CGI has become one of the most visible aspects of the digital revolution and how effects-laden films have often sought to examine their own precarious position somewhere between simulation and reality.

Senses of Cinema - John McGowan-Hartmann

[A] ground-breaking book... Pierson's journey through the history of special effects offers us an important new perspective which has previously been left out of cinema-related academia and formal criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231500807
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Michele Pierson is lecturer in film studies and visual culture at the University of Queensland, Australia.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Special Effects and the Popular Media 1
1 Magic, Science, Art: Before Cinema 11
Natural Magic 17
Science Fictions 22
Scientific American 33
Millennial Magic 46
2 From Cult-Classicism to Technofuturism: Converging on Wired Magazine 52
The Limits of Convergence 58
Photon and Stop-Motion Animation 66
Corporate Futurism/Technofuturism 77
Home Production 89
3 The Wonder Years and Beyond: 1989-1995 93
On Genre 101
Reinventing the Cinema of Attractions 118
Digital Art Effects 123
Retrofuture/Retrovision 131
4 Crafting a Future for CGI 137
The Case of Editing 140
Disaster Strikes 145
An Aesthetics of Scarcity 149
The Public Life of Numbers 155
Conclusion: The Transnational Matrix of SF 159
Notes 169
Bibliography 201
Index 227
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Lalala

    Looks cool but this stuff can be done on a ds! But this is just my opinion! Share yours!

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