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Visual Effects Cinematography 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0240803515
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This book addresses the major aspects of Visual Effects production in a concrete, well defined fashion. It is clear and well organized.

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The most important aspect of visual effects cinematography is the creative problem-solving that happens early in the production. This is to select the technique that will provide a particular effect and plan the shooting to accommodate the needs of specific scenes. Written by an effects director associated with such blockbuster films as Superman and 2001: A Space Odyssey, this book analyzes the most effective approach to a variety of visual effects problems, detailing the various options available to the filmmaker. Script breakdown, the use of storyboards, and shot planning are covered as part of this creative planning process. Topics covered in this book include: elements that make up the visual effects shot; methods of compositing visual effects elements; types of mattes and methods of generating them; visual effects tools and planning; types of cameras and their corresponding in-camera effects; projectors and projection. Over 100 illustrations support the technical information contained within these pages.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240803515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240803517
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visual effects industry has been exposed to many young people due to the easy access to computer graphics software. However, When people start to realize the scope of industry, they often get frustrated through one's limitation. This is the book that can answer your technical questions in clear manner. Before you start to buy specific books on CG software, check out this book and find out what you are most interested in visual effects area. This book covers the most valuable techniques. Disney style effects, moton control camera and so on. Unless you build strong foundation, your CG compositing skills are just remake-up of what others have done. To be creative, we should master the ABC of technical issues. Other good books are 'CG 101' and 'Art and science of digital compositing'. These are wonderful books in visual effects study.
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By e-rock on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking I could learn some traditional effects stuff that I could use in my own ultra-low budget movies - like how to light a blue screen, do those water cloud fx, pyro stuff, etc... - but there is almost nothing I could use. I could find more useful stuff briefly surfing the net.
A lot of the traditional compositing stuff is outdated because of digital, which wasn't really addressed. A lot of it is too equipment specific, not bothering to clearly explain stuff.
Maybe it's good if you just want to marvel at how complicated fx can get, but if you're looking for stuff you can apply, look elsewhere.
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