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Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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This 330-page coffee-table book combines the writing of Mark Cotta Vaz and Patricia Rose Duignan with more than 600 photographs and illustrations to chronicle the accomplishments of Hollywood's hottest special effects company. Industrial Light & Magic, where Duignan spent two decades of her career, was founded by George Lucas to create the effects for his groundbreaking movie, Star Wars. Since then ILM has continued to pioneer new technologies which have led to SF classics such as "E.T.," "Terminator 2" and "Jurassic Park". This books offers a behind-the-scenes look into the magical moments ILM has helped create.

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Includes a foreword by Steven Spielberg!
The supernatural wonders of Ghostbusters. The lively three-dimensional toons from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The unstoppable liquid-metal T-1000 cyborg of Terminator 2. The incredibly life-like digital dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. The thunderous African stampede in Jumanji. These award-winning special effects have one thing in common: Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
For more than twenty years, George Lucas and the technical wizards at ILM have literally changed the face of movie-making with their stunning, often unbelievable, visual effects. Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm chronicles ILM's second monumental decade--from 1986 through the mid-nineties--and includes a special discussion on the latest groundbreaking visual effects in the soon-to-be released Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope.
During this seminal period, ILM virtually redefined visual effects and blazed a trail into the digital realm. With more than six hundred lavish full-color photographs, this fascinating book takes you behind the camera and into the rarely seen workshops, offering an amazing look at the men and women who create movie magic. We follow the intricate crafts of matte painting, model making, and optical compositing as they are transformed into digitally driven systems, and we track the contributions of model and creature makers, animation specialists and optical technicians, and the unsung stage hands and pyrotechnic experts.
Packed with astounding information about ILM's technical innovations and remarkably clear explanations--including a revealing look at ILM's work with TV commercials and theme park attractions, a comprehensiveglossary of essential terms, and detailed screen credits for all the company's film projects--this volume will enchant and enlighten all of us who have ever marveled at what we've seen on the screen and wondered: how did they do that?
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Product Details

  • Series: Into the Digital Realm
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345381521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345381521
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.3 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you know about visual effects, you know about ILM. And this book describes their work over the last ten years in great detail. The illustrations are superb, and the pullouts are simply spectacular. If i do have one gripe, it is the fact that they really don't go into the real process of the digital effects. They do to a point, but since i work with these type of programs, i would like to see how the masters do it.
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For 25 years Industrial Light and Magic has woven magic into countless films, either subtle images through `invisible' effects such as matte paintings or through eye-popping visuals that stand out vividly against the film backdrop. ILM has made it's mark on history, for not only have they been and still are the premiere effects house in Hollywood, they have innovated and invented more technology than any other studio, additionally they have won awards for the processing and compositing technology they have created. ILM had to be the best at special effects, because their flagship title - STAR WARS - demanded the best, because that's what Lucas wanted.
`Into the Digital Realm' isn't so much an abandonment of ILM of the traditional methods of special effects, rather a point of departure for the new technology and all of things that led up to it. Indeed, ILM's work on `The Hunt For Red October' submarine work involved flying the submerged vessels from wires in a smoky room - effects do not get any more traditional than that. Released in 96, the book doesn't mention that Phantom Menace or even that the film is in production. It does have some revised images from the Star Wars special edition. As with the previous tome, this one is packed with hundreds of color photos, plus the same beautiful gate fold images.
If the center piece for the previous book was Star Wars, Digital Realms' focus is obviously Jurassic Park, because it was the first film to use CG on so large a scale, even more than Terminator 2, which ILM also did. Jurassic Park was also the test bed and showcase piece that convinced Lucas that computers had finally matured enough to bring what he had in mind to the screen for the new Star Wars films.
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This .like the other 3 books in this seris is chock full of behind the scenes & stunning photographs of movie Icons.
The shift away from Model makers & matte artists to name but 2 depts to a computer based system is shown as a natural progression in the Foundation book of this seris .
This one opens the pandoras box of what is possible in a massive fx budget to how subtle digital effects can enhance a film that is not a special fx film .
The 3 books cover Foundation of ILM to the start of the digital realm
The digital realm & the art of FX.
A fourth book, though not part of the seris ,'Inside the model shop' is for me ,a companion to the other three.
Together the three books chart the rise of ILM to close to the Present day.
Highly recommended for Film buffs , modellers & those who just like this feild presented by people who love what they do & want to talk about it.
Chris D
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One of the greatest 'making of' writers Patricia Rose Duignan's Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm is one of my all-time favorite books, charting the journey of ILM from fledgling company in George Lucas' garage to the No.1 Special Effects company in the world. Insightful and comprehensive, this is flawless reading and has some great accompanying images from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and surprisingly some of their lesser-known movies like Willow and Hook. An essential movie book, I just love every page, so carefully written, so rich in detail, it leaves the reader feeling that they have experienced something very special. Fantastic and brilliant. BUY IT NOW!
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After having read the book "The Art of Special Effects" about ILM first decade it was out of the question for me not to buy this book. The book first gives a look back at the good old days at ILM. While reading the text, which is perfectly illustrated with hundreds of color pictures and drawings, the reader comprehends very quickly that the transition from optical, traditional special effects to the state-of-the-art digital effects of blockbusters like "Jurassic Park" was more than just switching on computers. An era ended and a new one started, giving the specialist at ILM more power to fulfill their dreams - and those of million moviegowers.
The author uses a different approach to explain the special effects. In "The Art of Special Effects" the tricks were explained by introducing the different departments. Here the author uses different movies which have been milestones for ILM.
Although the book is very detailed and informative it lacks the thrilling writing of its predecessor "The Art of Special Effects". Never the less a must for every movie buff and everyone interested in the making of movies.
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This book and his twin-sister are 'The Books' on the subject. These are wonderfull and intelligent well written books, they are greatly printed, have that retro 80s layout with plenty of quality pictures. No talking talking re-filling-up (once more) history-pages. No, ILM is the roots of modern contemporary Special Effects. These two books are what Disneys 'The illusion of life' is for animation.
And if you want more, just get some old American Cinematographers :-) .
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