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Special Effects

The History and Technique

by Richard Rickitt and Ray Harryhausen

Hardcover, 384 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $75 |


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The History and Technique
Richard Rickitt and Ray Harryhausen

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An updated overview of the magical world of film special effects traces the history and evolution of motion picture special effects, from silent films' smoke and mirrors to computer-assisted, optical, and digital effects, and dissects such components as optical illusions, models, animation, and makeup and sound effects.

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The Evolution Of Cinematic Special Effects

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