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Movie Magic [electronic resource]: Using Special Effects

Multimedia Group of Canada
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Aside from taking an audience's breath away, special effects are often used simply for logistical reasons, such as when an actor or actress is unavailable for a shoot and must be woven into the scene later. In this program, experts in the field of special effects discuss how they create images that range from the spectacular to the invisible. Postproduction specialists discuss and demonstrate techniques of overlaying computer animation and digitizing 35mm and 65mm film. The cinematic applications of prosthetics, animatronics, and pyrotechnics are also closely examined. Contains nudity.
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52 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Using special effects
  • Special Effects Team (2:55)
  • Images of Guns and Women (3:35)
  • Dreamworks' "Polly, A Parrot's Tale" (3:53)
  • Scanning and Aspect Ratio (4:02)
  • Changing the Background (2:07)
  • Special Effects in "Lost in Space" (5:30)
  • Extras and Changes in Special Effects (2:24)
  • Prosthetics in Special Effects (6:44)
  • Puppets for Special Effects (1:50)
  • Animatronics (2:09)
  • Car Explosions (2:40)
  • Bottles and Glass (2:10)
  • Pyrotechnics (1:06)
  • Using Special Effects on Location (3:42)
  • Gasoline Explosions (1:16)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2001.
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29865 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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