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Digital visual effects in cinema : the seduction of reality

Author: Stephen Prince
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Avatar. Inception. Jurassic Park. Lord of the Rings. Ratatouille. Not only are these some of the highest-grossing films of all time, they are also prime examples of how digital visual effects have transformed Hollywood filmmaking. Some critics, however, fear that this digital revolution marks a radical break with cinematic tradition, heralding the death of serious realistic movies in favor of computer-generated pure  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Prince
ISBN: 9780813551852 0813551854 9780813551869 0813551862
OCLC Number: 710816440
Description: ix, 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : beyond spectacle --
Through the looking glass --
Painting with digital light --
Actors and algorithms --
Digital environment creation --
Immersive aesthetics --
Conclusion : the pleasures of illusion.
Responsibility: Stephen Prince.

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Avatar. Inception. Jurassic Park. Lord of the Rings. Ratatouille. Not only are these some of the highest-grossing films of all time, they are also prime examples of how digital visual effects have transformed Hollywood filmmaking. Some critics, however, fear that this digital revolution marks a radical break with cinematic tradition, heralding the death of serious realistic movies in favor of computer-generated pure spectacle. Digital Visual Effects in Cinema counters this alarmist reading, by showing how digital effects-driven films should be understood as a continuation of the narrative and stylistic traditions that have defined American cinema for decades. Stephen Prince argues for an understanding of digital technologies as an expanded toolbox, available to enhance both realist films and cinematic fantasies. He offers a detailed exploration of each of these tools, from lighting technologies to image capture to stereoscopic 3D. Integrating aesthetic, historical, and theoretical analyses of digital visual effects, Digital Visual Effects in Cinema is an essential guide for understanding movie-making today.
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"For an understanding of the impact and consequences of digital visual effects in the movies, this book is essential. Prince knows his stuff, and his perspective is wise and compelling."--Carl Read more...

 
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