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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (9 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516752
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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

About the Author

A pioneer of digital effects, has lived their development from "Dr Who” to "Harry Potter”. Starting his career at BBC television Mitch helped develop early colour TV effects systems. Later, as Director of Visual Effects at The Moving Picture Company, he supervised the effects on literally hundreds of commercials. Since becoming Head of Imaging at Cinesite in London he has worked on projects including "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, "TROY”, "King Arthur” and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. Mitch lectures and writes on visual effects imaging and is also Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University.

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Surprisingly there seems to be no reference to the garuzzo balanced lens.Otherwise this is THE definitive work
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HASH(0x9284ae1c) out of 5 stars An Amazing Reference Work 8 Nov. 2005
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This is an amazing book. It covers every conceivable aspect of getting visual effects onto film (and videotape), and is particularly strong on historical techniques that are probably not familiar to a new generation of filmmakers, who have been raised to think that computers solve all problems. It's an incredibly dense collection of information.

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.
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HASH(0x927977b0) out of 5 stars A "must-have" tips, tricks, and techniques manual 11 Jan. 2005
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Professional digital effects pioneer Mitch Mitchell presents Visual Effects for Film & Television, a thorough guide to visual effect processes used in television complete with step-by-step guides, integrative approaches to film, video and digital techniques, chronologies of development from the oldest to the newest processes, and much more. Mitchell has worked in visual effects since the early days of color television at BBC, and his list of achievements ranges from effects for "Doctor Who" to the recent smash hit movies "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Troy", and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Chapters cover photography for effects, composite photography, combining action with pre-shot backgrounds, computer-based technqiues and much more. Organized for quick and easy reference or on-the-job use, Visual Effects for Film & Television is a "must-have" tips, tricks, and techniques manual especially for professionals, yet also invaluable for students and amateurs seeking to push their talents a step beyond simple home movies.
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HASH(0x9284dcc0) out of 5 stars time honored, industry proven 27 Dec. 2005
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If your looking for a book on time honored, industry proven special effects this is the book for you. If you want to expand your knowledge and understanding of basic principles and historic technique this is the book for you. This book has helped me understand how effects have become what they are today.

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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