On today's feature films and commercials, visual effects are achieved using a wide array of tools and techniques, often combining camera techniques with computer-rendered images. This book presents a unique approach to the subject through the direct experiences of noted artists from the feature film, television and commercial realm.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one explores the historical background, including such tools as double exposure, in-camera mattes, miniature photography, Schufftan-technique, front and rear screen projection, Introvision, color difference mattes, motion control and other building blocks that have brought visual effects to its current status. Part two features a series of in-depth interviews with noted artists covering feature film, television, and commercial projects. The reader will learn how these technicians developed their tools and talents, including education, experimentation and development of their craft. The chapters will explore their approaches to various challenges in the projects they've worked on. Subjects such as blue/green screen, motion control, number encoding, plate photography, as well as miniature and creature design and implementation are only some of the areas that are covered. The artists also discuss how they work with the director of photography, how they document the set, production work, preparation for post production, as well as design and development of various composite elements. In addition to the techniques employed on various projects, the artists discuss specific shots that succeed and others they wish they could do over, and how they would undertake them the second time.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.92(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
A staff writer at the International Cinematographer Magazine, a trade magazine published by the union of cinematographers Local 600 IATSE in LA, Pauline B. Rogers has published 1200 plus articles and three books (Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, More Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, The Art of Visual Effects) on the entertainment industry. One of the acknowledged experts on how movies are made, she often enjoys access to virtually closed sets and has been able to procure interviews with difficult to reach top of the list entertainment professionals.
Table of Contents
Foreword; In the Very Beginning; A Special Look at ILM; Star Trekthe Restoration; Scott Anderson; Mat Beck; Eric Brevig; John Dykstra; Richard Edlund; Volker Engel; Anna Foerster; John Knoll; Peter Kuran; Rob Legato; Ken Ralston; Steve Rundell; Mark Stetson; Philipp Timme; Doug Trumbull; John Van Vliet; Glossary; Appendix A: References; Appendix B: Photo Credits