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The Visual Effects Producer: Understanding the Art and Business of VFX Paperback – August 28, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0240812632 ISBN-10: 0240812638 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240812638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Visual Effects Producer is absolutely essential reading!  Finance and Zwerman cover every aspect of producing visual effects in a clear and concise manner that will inform novices and industry veterans alike."

- Gale Anne Hurd, Producer (The Incredible Hulk, Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Aliens)

"This indispensable resource for VFX producers (and would-be VFX producers) is not only user friendly but jam packed with the information and techniques you'd otherwise have to learn the hard, painful and expensive way!"

- Jeffrey A. Okun, VFX Supervisor (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai)

"A must read for all filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers. The authors have combined wisdom and practicality to produce an extraordinary book that explains the business of producing VFX without losing sight of the art and magic."

- Yudi Bennett, Member of DGA and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Frank Capra Award Recipient
(StarTrek Generations, Pleasantville)

From the Back Cover

Go behind the scene of the behind the scenes to learn how the business of producing the dazzling visual effects we see in movies and on TV works. With decades of combined VFX production and supervisory experience in Hollywood, the authors share their experience with you, illuminating standard industry practices and tips on:

* preproduction planning * scheduling * budgeting * evaluating vendors and the bidding process * effective data management * working on-set, off-set, or overseas * dealing with changes in post-production * legal issues (contracts, insurance, business ethics), and more

Also included are interviews with established, successful Hollywood VFX producers about their career paths and how they got to where they are now. From pre-production to final delivery, this is your complete guide to visual effects production, providing insight on VFX budgeting and scheduling (with actual forms for your own use) and common production techniques such as motion control, miniatures, and pre-visualization. Also included is a companion website with forms and documents for you to incorporate into your own VFX production workflows.


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In a clear, concise and entertaining manner this book covers it all.
mark herman
This soup to nuts guide covers all aspects of visual effects production from past to present.
James R. Mosca
It covers everything from inception to going to the movie to see the project!
Jeffrey A. Okun

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Okun on October 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read this book -cover to cover- and must say that as a reference guide it is the most comprehensive, easy to read and understand book on the subject ever written! It covers everything from inception to going to the movie to see the project!

Susan and Chuck have done a fantastic job of taking difficult to understand concepts and breaking them apart into easy to understand and execute ideas. The illustrations and photos help tremendously and I am just awe-struck at how comprehensive this book is.

It will surely save the reader hours of time and tons of money that would have otherwise been ill-spent on set learning the lessons the hard way.

What is also amazing is how up to date this work is. It even covers Hoyt Yeatman's HDRI technology.

WOW! Hat's off to you two for taking this huge undertaking on, and then doing such a fantastic job with what could have been a yawn. I wish we had had this book 20 years ago!!!

Thank you both!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mark herman on October 13, 2009
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If you ever had questions (or thought you had answers) about the role of the vfx producer, this is a "must read". In a clear, concise and entertaining manner this book covers it all. I found myself re-reading many chapters and thinking "so that's why", or, "I wished I had known this before"

Read this book, its a good way to avoid painful, often expensive mistakes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Ziemer on February 21, 2012
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This book will teach you how the art and business of the VFX industry are interconnected; and what you as a Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor must do in order to complete films with visual effects in a comprehensive fashion. Covering everything from what some of the most used equipment is on a visual effects film set, and what their purpose is, to how to complete a script breakdown and budget the visual effects. Very good read if you are interested in getting into the business side of visual effects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mosca on October 7, 2009
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This soup to nuts guide covers all aspects of visual effects production from past to present. It's an invaluable guide for any filmmaker, looking for film technique options when it comes to those difficult shots. A must have for any producer's toolbox.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian Grant on September 21, 2009
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I use this text in my VFX Supervision Class at Columbia College Chicago. This is an outstanding resource and provides a very clear workflow and review of all key duties and responsibilities for a VFX Supervisor/ Producer. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Gonzalez-Najera on December 5, 2012
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This review is about the Kindle version and has nothing to do with the quality of the content itself.

I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago as a companion to the printed version that I own. I wanted to read it on the go while having a reference at home.

I quickly noticed that more than half the illustrations in the Kindle version are not available while they are present in the printed version. Instead of the illustration showing up, an error placeholder says that the publisher does not have the rights to publish an electronic version of the illustration and I should refer to the hard copy instead.

For a book that is heavily illustrated and where the illustrations are integral to understanding the concepts mentioned, this is unacceptable. I cannot use this book in this form and I have asked Amazon for a refund.

I'll read the printed version instead.
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A lot of books have been written on visual effects in the past few decades, but Chuck Finance and Susan Zwerman's, "THE VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCER" is the first authentic manual on how to produce them. The comprehensive book covers nearly every aspect with perfect clarity. I recommend this book to anyone involved or planning to be involved with the production of visual effects either for TV or the big screen. My congratulations go to Finance and Zwerman for their unique and needed addition to film literature.
Thomas G. Smith
Manager of Lucasfilm's ILM - 1980-1985
Author: "Industrial Light and Magic, the Art of Special Effects"
Feature film producer: 1985 - 2002
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By Jenny Fulle on November 10, 2009
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I am very impressed by the thoroughness of topics covered in The Visual Effects Producer. Nothing has been left out. Over the years, many of us veterans have adopted the same methodology of tracking, managing and disseminating information and finally there is a book that accurately documents and illustrates it for generations to come.

While there is no shortcut to experience, this book is a must have for all aspiring visual effects production people and everyone on my team will be getting one for the holidays.
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