Mas­ters of FX: Be­hind the Scenes with Ge­niuses of Vis­ual and Spe­cial Ef­fects

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Ian Failes [Fo­cal Press, $34.95]

In the cur­rent and ever-evolv­ing world of cin­ema, it’s rare to find any Hol­ly­wood flick un­touched by ef­fects work. Mod­ern-day block­busters fea­ture CG creations that rep­re­sent the fan­tas­ti­cal ( see Tim Bur­ton’s Alice in Won­der­land) to the pho­to­re­al­is­tic (Ang Lee’s Life of Pi) and best guesses in be­tween (Steven Spiel­berg’s Juras­sic Park). Aus­tralian jour­nal­ist Failes reached out to over a dozen lead­ing in­dus­try pi­o­neers to un­cover the se­crets be­hind some of re­cent mem­ory’s most cel­e­brated se­quences.

This ed­u­ca­tional as­sem­blage takes read­ers through the main­stream shift from prac­ti­cal to dig­i­tal ef­fects with orig­i­nal be­hindthe-scenes im­agery, shot break­downs and de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions from a raft of cre­atives: Den­nis Muren, Bill Westen­hofer, Joe Let­teri, Rob Legato, Paul Franklin, Richard Edlund, Ed­son Wil­liams, Karen Goulekas, Chris Cor­bould, Ian Hunter and Josh Rosen­grant.

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