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Visual Effects for Film and Television Paperback – Jul 9 2004
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"There is such a wealth of information...I believe that it will be useful and interesting for established filmmakers and students alike...it is the best book of its kind that I have ever read." - Image Technology
"A well-written guide to producing visual effects, both with cameras and computers, this forms an excellent background to film and TV technology." - Lighting and Sound
An essential quick reference which provides the latest techniques and practices in the area of special effects.See all Product Description
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This is not a book about using computers to do visual effects - it is about capturing, as much as possible, the desired effect in camera, through a variety of ingenious means. I've been working in this field for 25 years, and I still found myself saying "ooohhh, so that's how that works" on several occasions. It's very strong on using historical examples to illustrate particular techniques, which always makes things much clearer (full disclosure: I know the author personally).
As well as describing how to do things (including options and variations on a theme), this book also is very good at pointing out potential problems and things not to do. This is good information, obtained the hard way, and readers should cherish it.
There is also some information on opticals and digital compositing, and even less on straightforward computer generation techniques. But those topics are well served by many, many other books, while Mitchell's book covers territory that is not often treated.
Anyone seriously interested in this topic should read this book.
However, if you're looking for a book that will immediately address modern computer generated effects look elsewhere. If you're looking for a book that will give you a clear insight into the state of the industry today look elsewhere. If you're looking for a book that will spell out /outline what a modern VFX college course is designed to teach you look elsewhere.
I'm not a professional. I'm just a student aggressively searching for knowledge and this book is packed full of it. So I force myself to keep reading wile I dream of a book that dynamically outlines the nuts and bolts of modern effects technology.
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