Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

by Julie Turnock

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231163521
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Film and Culture Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 3.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julie A. Turnock is assistant professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Before 1977
1. Optical Animation: Special Effects Compositing Up to 1977
2. Before Industrial Light and Magic: The Independent Hollywood Special Effects Business, 1968–1975
Part II: Circa 1977: Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
3. The Expanded Blockbuster: The Auteurist Aesthetics of 1970s Special Effects–Driven Filmmaking
4. "The Buck Stops at Opticals": Special Effects Technology on Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
5. A More Plastic Reality: The Design and Conception of Star Wars and West Coast Experimental Filmmaking
6. "More Philosopical Grey Matter": The Production and Aesthetic of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Part III: The 1980s and Beyond
7. Optical Special Effects into the 1980s: A Well-Oiled Machine
8. "Not-too-Realistic" and Intensified Realistic Approaches in the 1980s: Traditional Stop Motion and Showscan
Conclusion: World-Building and the Legacy of 1970s Special Effects in Contemporary Cinema
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Scott Higgins

An important book. Turnock mounts a convincing and detailed analysis of visual effects from the late 1970s onward. She offers a rigorous historical account of how special effects engendered the shift to a more commercial, genre-driven, and assaultive kind of filmmaking in Hollywood. A groundbreaking work.

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