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Spectacular Special Effects (The Knowledge) Paperback – Illustrated, 18 Jan 2002


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (18 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439992303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439992305
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's author, Diana Kimpton, has had more than 40 books published, including her successful Pony-Mad Princess series. She loves writing about horses but also enjoys creating fantasy and non-fiction.

Originally trained as a maths teacher, she much prefers writing because it's more fun. She lives near the coast where she can enjoy horses within sight of the sea.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 16 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
'First - Greek gods swooped down from the heavens (with the help of a crane).
Then - came the man who blew up his head - using only a camera.
Now - computers can make animals talk, aliens walk and dinosaurs roam the Earth.

This eye-popping guide lets you into the sensational secrets of special effects - from multimillion-dollar computer magic to spectacular effects you can use in your own school play.
Find out the best ways to make a truly terrifying monster, how to defy gravity and why half a cabbage can make a convincing fight scene.
.....PLUS, try your hand at directing the hit movie 'Attack From Planet Hamster' and design your own fake blood.
If you want to be in the know, get 'The Knowledge'!'

If you have read Diana Kimpton's other books, like Cracking Codes, you will appreciate how she puts knowledge across, in a humorous way. This book is no exception.

A colourful, witty cover opens to 159 pages, split over 18 chapters:-

Introduction
Landmarks in special effects
The magic of special effects
Movie magic
Are they really there?
Model magic
Working wonders with weather
The big fight
Water, water everywhere
Making monsters
Amazing animatronics
Devastating disasters
Buckets of blood and other gory bits
Defying gravity
Amazing disappearances
Sound effects
So you want to work in special effects?
Epilogue

Black and white illustrations/cartoons throughout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a fun-packed book which contains loads of information about special effects on stage and screen. It includes the history of effects, with lots of references to man's ingenuity, a fascinating insight into some of the secrets (which surely we all want to know!), fun quizzes and opportunities for the readers to have a go themselves.
The text, by Diana Kimpton, is lively and the cartoon illustrations by Royston Robertson are both amusing and informative.
Although aimed at children, it is also intriguing for adult readers, and I found the clarity of the text gave me a very good introduction to the subject, which made me eager to learn even more!
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By Majella Lamph on 30 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Very pleased with product and whole transaction.
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