- Hardcover: 279 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (October 12, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345322630
- ISBN-13: 978-0345322630
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.6 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects Hardcover – October 12, 1987
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Author Smith was general manager for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) which provided astounding special effects for the sf/horror films of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, beginning with Star Wars. This book is something of a puff-piece for the renowned company (and a panegyric to Lucas) and includes a history of the company, profiles of its artists and technicians, and solid explanations of the various techniques, from animation to matte painting to models. The writing is competent but repetitious. However, the volume has been designed as a fan-oriented, large-format tome, and it is lavishly illustrated with excellent color visuals. The filmography of ILM work includes each film's poster, a nice touch. David Bartholomew, NYPL
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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ofusely illustrated volume that tells the remarkable story of the organization whose name has become synonymous with state-of-the-art special effects: Industrial Light & Magic. From its early days in a large empty warehouse in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, to its Oscar-winning accommplishments creating special effects for the STAR WARS trilogy, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, ET, POLTERGEIST, and a host of others.
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It goes further into detail of the 'how' than the other books which are understandably more general.
The 3 books cover Foundation of ILM to the start of the digital realm
The digital realm & the art of FX. The fourth book though not part of the seris is for me 'Inside the model shop' ,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.