Digital Storytelling: The Narrative Power of Visual Effects in Film

Digital Storytelling: The Narrative Power of Visual Effects in Film

by Shilo T. McClean

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ISBN-13: 9780262304191
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/26/2008
Series: The MIT Press
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shilo T. McClean is a consultant in storybuilding and digital visual effects. She has worked as a writer, producer, director, and script editor.

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Mike Chambers

Engaging and insightful, well-researched and intelligent, McClean's book effectively chronicles the development of, and increasing reliance on, digital visual effects, the use of which is now virtually indespensible to the filmmaking process. More important, she contextualizes the use of visual effects as an evolving set of techniques that, while greatly expanding the possibilities for contemporary filmmaking, remain simply another powerful set of tools in the service of the ancient art of storytelling and mythmaking. Essential for 21st century filmmakers.

Paul Thompson

This is an important book for screenwriters. Shilo McClean provides a thoughtful study of the role of digital visual effects in filmmaking, and she does so in a manner that challenges, provokes, and inspires the writer to embrace the technology in order to liberate the imagination. I recommend this work to all my students, as well as to any aspiring screenwriter.

Stephen Prince

Overturning conventional wisdom that digital effects have taken over Hollywood and destroyed good storytelling, McClean shows that the classical art of storytelling is very much alive in contemporary film and that it shapes and motivates the use of digital effects, not vice versa. Drawing on her professional experience as a script editor and visual effects consultant, her analysis of the interplay between narrative and visual effects is sophisticated and clearly presented, and includes case studies of films such as Alien, The Lord of the Rings, and Hero. Smart, compelling, and incisive, Digital Storytelling is an essential text that will change the debate over the place of digital effects in contemporary film.

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Engaging and insightful, well-researched and intelligent, McClean's book effectively chronicles the development of, and increasing reliance on, digital visual effects, the use of which is now virtually indespensible to the filmmaking process. More important, she contextualizes the use of visual effects as an evolving set of techniques that, while greatly expanding the possibilities for contemporary filmmaking, remain simply another powerful set of tools in the service of the ancient art of storytelling and mythmaking. Essential for 21st century filmmakers.

Mike Chambers, Visual Effects Producer

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Overturning conventional wisdom that digital effects have taken over Hollywood and destroyed good storytelling, McClean shows that the classical art of storytelling is very much alive in contemporary film and that it shapes and motivates the use of digital effects, not vice versa. Drawing on her professional experience as a script editor and visual effects consultant, her analysis of the interplay between narrative and visual effects is sophisticated and clearly presented, and includes case studies of films such as Alien, The Lord of the Rings, and Hero. Smart, compelling, and incisive, Digital Storytelling is an essential text that will change the debate over the place of digital effects in contemporary film.

Stephen Prince, Professor of Communication, Virginia Tech

This is an important book for screenwriters. Shilo McClean provides a thoughtful study of the role of digital visual effects in filmmaking, and she does so in a manner that challenges, provokes, and inspires the writer to embrace the technology in order to liberate the imagination. I recommend this work to all my students, as well as to any aspiring screenwriter.

Paul Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of Film and Television, New York University, and former Head of Film and Television, Austrailian Film, Television and Radio School

Engaging and insightful, well-researched and intelligent, McClean's book effectively chronicles the development of, and increasing reliance on, digital visual effects, the use of which is now virtually indespensible to the filmmaking process. More important, she contextualizes the use of visual effects as an evolving set of techniques that, while greatly expanding the possibilities for contemporary filmmaking, remain simply another powerful set of tools in the service of the ancient art of storytelling and mythmaking. Essential for 21st century filmmakers.

Mike Chambers, Visual Effects Producer

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