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Animation basics: Homemade special effects - TED-Ed

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/animation-basics-homemade-special-effects-ted-ed Animation is used everywhere to communicate big ideas--in movies...
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This video introduces how we can make some home made visual effect. For example, by connecting two shot at difference location, we can create a sliding or teleporting scene. The video also defines pixilation, as when human are used in stop motion animation. By creatively manipulating each shot, we can create countless of visual effects. With the advance technology, making visual effects can be done anywhere in our daily lives.

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EXCLUSIVE: HOBBIT'S EFFECTS MAGIC

In this exclusive video, go deep behind the scenes of The Hobbit's visual effects with the wizards of WETA Digital. From the making of the Trolls to the gian...
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This video reveals  of the special effect in the Hobbit movie. Joe Letteri, Weta Digital effect supervisor, explains how they place the camera in order the get the right shots and combine them with the computer animation. He also states that their goal is to understand the science and physics of each technique , so they can invent them as a priciple that can last from movie to movie.

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Defining Gravity: How UK visual effects studios are changing Hollywood - Metro

Defining Gravity: How UK visual effects studios are changing Hollywood - Metro | Digital Effects in the Movies | Scoop.it
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Defining Gravity: How UK visual effects studios are changing Hollywood
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More roller coaster than movie, Gravity combines bravura filmmaking and technological advances to show audiences something they have never seen before.
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The arrival of Gravity shows the advance of UK studio in visual effect making. Before, they only focus on making stunning visual effects instead of paying attention to the story line. Garreth Gaydon, head of admissions at Escape Studio, states, "‘If the storyline doesn’t match up, it doesn’t matter how good the visual effects are – it’s not going to sell," Now, the UK studio try to make visual effect fit the story line. Harry Potter, Iron Man 2, and Gravity has proved the success of VFX in making an amazing special effect with good story line movie.

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Reverse Motion Effects | Shanks FX | PBS Digital Studios

I deal with Reverse Motion Effects this week. It is something I have incorporated into my films for over a decade now. Its a fairly simple technique that can...
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Reverse motion effect is a special effect in cinematography that reverses a shot to make the motion like you are piking something up or create a force. The person in the clip has perform how to make a reverse motion effect. First, he record the motion which he is throw the key toward the door knob. Then, he record the shot which he pull the key out of the door knob. Finally, he reverse the second shot, which make the motion look like the key is flying toward the knob, instead of pulling out from it. When two shot is match together, the audience will see that he throw the key right into the knob. This technique is very useful for making supernatural scenes or movies

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1970s Digital: How Westworld Invented Digital Effects - Tested

1970s Digital: How Westworld Invented Digital Effects - Tested | Digital Effects in the Movies | Scoop.it
FIlm buffs thinking back on the history of digital effects will probably bring up 80s classics like Tron or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which featured cinema's first entirely computer-generated sequence, courtesy of ILM.
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Michael Crichton, director and writer of Jurassic Park, was the first film maker who used computer visual effect in his film Westworld in 1973. However, he did not receive support  from Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena because the effects, which last only two minutes, would cost so much time and money. Later, he worked with John Whitney, Jr., who also used computer to perform experiment on film making, to continue developing the computer special effect. Crichton's Westworld was the first step to the amazing special affect which we see in movie today.

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Why Film Lovers Should Love Effects Movies Too - Huffington Post UK

Why Film Lovers Should Love Effects Movies Too - Huffington Post UK | Digital Effects in the Movies | Scoop.it
Why Film Lovers Should Love Effects Movies Too Huffington Post UK Now, their heirs sit at unremarkable looking computers with the power to create new realities or tweak the usual one so subtly we wouldn't even know it's happened - one of the most...
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Some film lovers claim that they hate the special effects in the movie because they think these effects as "a dirty word" or "a weary roll of the eyes". However, Danny Leigh, who is also a movie lover, argues a movie should have special effects. Additionally, he introduces Karl Freund and Ray Harryhausen, famous cinematographers who used early special effects in their films, to support his claim. Leigh also states that the development of special effects  expand the film-making industry. Leigh also hopes that the arrival of Gravity would make film lovers who hate special effects change their opinions  

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The Impact of Visual Effects Subsidies

The Impact of Visual Effects Subsidies | Digital Effects in the Movies | Scoop.it
The Impact of Visual Effects Subsidies 
This was a post in regard to a conversation and postings on a mailing list.  I'm paraphrasing the original comments here so these are not the true quotes.
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Eventhough visual digital effects have made the movie we see today better, it also cause negative impacts on film making industry, such as employment, and subsidies. First, studios do not work from project to project like they used to in the past. People lays off due to no work from the studio, and they aren't paid. Second, studio such as DD and R&H has no more subsidies to spend. As a result, they start to lose their profit and cannot maintain their employee works and weaken. Film making companies need to control their subsidies in order to make a healthier bussiness.  

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Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of "The Avengers"

We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM's Oscar nominated effects work for the 2012 hit film, "Marvel's The Avengers". This reel repre...
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This clip shows the characters, object, combat scence, explosion,... in The Avenger are actually made by computer softwares. This shows how advance the visual digital effect created by 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team. The special effect in the movie was one of the most important contribution to the success of the movie and was nominated as effects work for the 2012 hit film. 

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Data Bending: Creating Unique Digital Visual Effects

Data Bending: Creating Unique Digital Visual Effects | Digital Effects in the Movies | Scoop.it
There is something beautiful about the imperfection of recording mediums. For many years artists experimented with these strange, yet oddly hypnotic, side effects of image and sound recording. With film, grain and light leaks ...
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Data bending, which was once considered a failure in film making, become a new technique in creating special effect in horrow movie, such as .signal rolls, crawls, scan lines, and the classic white-noise “snow”. This technique manipulate digital media files to create unpredictable result. However, the user needs to create a copy in case the original version is destroy. He also need to understand the basic of data file.

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History of Keying - Visual Effects documentary

A must watch for every digital compositing aficionados.
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Chroma Key (also known as "blue screening") is a technique that combines the acting of the actors with the back ground screen behind to make it look like the scene is shot at that location . This technique was originally used by Linwood Dun to create transition in Flying down to Rio. Then, the first proper blue screen was use in The Thief of Bagdad in 1940.  Later, this technique was developed and become more advance, especially with computer software to create more supernatural movie such as Star War.

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