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Special Effects: An Oral History--Interviews with 37 Masters Spanning 100 Years Paperback – January 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Pinteau is in awe of special effects, and rightfully so: the ability to use animation, animatronics, makeup, modelmaking and computer trickery is both an art and a science. His book has an artful modesty in discussing the medium; by interspersing his own observations on the history of special effects with interviews with 37 masters of the craft, Pinteau gives a thorough, insightful history that is never overblown and always intelligent. Pinteau, a journalist, screenwriter and special effects designer, covers the dawn of special effects, noting that the art of projection first appeared some 3,000 years ago in the Far East, with the earliest performances of shadow theater; he continues on all the way through to today's marvels, which include the façade of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, with its recreation of a miniature city skyline. Pinteau's insightful interviews shed light on small-screen grand illusions, too, and the book's amazing photographs depict such fascinating metamorphoses as Marlon Brando's in The Godfather (he wore dental prosthetics to create jowls) and makeup tests for The Exorcist. Among Pinteau's interview subjects are Sylvain Chomet (Les Triplettes de Belleville), Mark Coulier (Harry Potter), Richard Taylor (The Lord of the Rings), Martin Bower (Alien), Roy E. Disney and Jim Henson.
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About the Author
Pascal Pinteau is a journalist, screenwriter, and special effects designer who has created special effects for commercials, TV shows, and theme parks. Since 1985, he has visited with special effects masters throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia.
Top customer reviews
The drawbacks of this huge folio is - it`s soooo bizarrely organized that you start having headaches trying to organize the info in your head yourself. The author is so in awe of the whole thing that he doesn`t really know what he wanted to tell his readers. He jumps from one topic to another, and from historical notes to interviews with FX people of today and back, sometimes those jumps are not related. Like yeah I understand that mechanical effects in amusement parks are related to special effects in the movies but those are to my mind still not exactly related in terms of aesthetical purpose of creation. This book has too much to tell about the parks to my tastes (and buying purpose). Another thick part of it dedicated to FX on television with is probably valuable to the ones who interested (it wasn`t interesting to me for now, but who knows maybe later I`ll be over the Moon that I have this part as well).
Well if I have so many complains about it why then I rated it four stars instead of three?
Because it still has a ton of valuable information especially about European projects (The Fifth Element and Vidoque) that you will not find anywhere else. It includes interviews with French FX guys translated into English. So it wasn`t complete waste of money at all! You still will be able to milk it with valuable info in the topic!
There are occasional signs of a literal translation from the French - pate a modelier (plasticine or modelling clay) is not called "modelling paste" in English - but it presents no problems. On the up side, it includes the work of some French and other European effects artists that have been overlooked in most American books on the subject.
It goes into all the different areas of special effects in separate sections, although obviously there is a good deal of overlap between fields like makeup effects and animatronics. Despite minor flaws, I'm very glad to have bought this book - it does add a lot that is not in other books.