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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful find after a long search
Piers Bizony's book is the first of its kind to delve inside the inner workings of Digital Domain, the acclaimed effects company founded by James Cameron, Scott Ross and Stan Winston. The book is divided into chapters dealing with techniques and processes like motion control, bluescreen, animation and 3D. Whilst providing a detailed account of the hows and whys of all...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weak on detail
I have a real interest in knowing how special effects are produced and always welcome anything new. But this book didn't provide any unique insights and although entertaining it is not a patch on the two Industrial Light + Magic volumes. None of the articles are very inspiring and the CGI examples are a little short on detail. I suspect a lot of this has to do with...
Published on 17 Feb 2002


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak on detail, 17 Feb 2002
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I have a real interest in knowing how special effects are produced and always welcome anything new. But this book didn't provide any unique insights and although entertaining it is not a patch on the two Industrial Light + Magic volumes. None of the articles are very inspiring and the CGI examples are a little short on detail. I suspect a lot of this has to do with Digital Domain not having produced effects for that many films and maybe had the author waited another 5 years it might have made a more substantial read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful find after a long search, 3 Dec 2001
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Piers Bizony's book is the first of its kind to delve inside the inner workings of Digital Domain, the acclaimed effects company founded by James Cameron, Scott Ross and Stan Winston. The book is divided into chapters dealing with techniques and processes like motion control, bluescreen, animation and 3D. Whilst providing a detailed account of the hows and whys of all manner of visual effects, Bizony also takes time to discuss the merit and often under-appreciated value that they provide. Several parts detail the misconception that "computers can do everything" and seeks to highlight the human side of the creative process.
As someone who is currently studying film and visual effects I found it very interesting, especially after searching through all manner of books only to find ones that were written so technically-minded that they became uninteresting or others made for readers with only a slight curiousity about the subject.
The language is fresh and responsive with enough recognisable examples and breakdowns for the reader to be led through without getting lost. There are hundreds of beautiful photographs in various stages of completion and interviews and quotes from the computer artists themselves. I'm sure that almost anyone would be able to find a film they recognise within the pages and enjoy the explanations of how the images were achieved.
This isn't a coffee table book to show off to your friends, this is a lovingly created archive of hard work and stunning achievement. I only hope that the book is the first in a series and that we see more of Digital Domain's work documented in this way in the future.
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