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BBC VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department Hardcover – 11 Nov 2010
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‘This book spills so much daylight upon magic, it risks rubbing it out altogether. Great news for nerds.’(The Times)
‘Lavishly illustrated. Four stars ****’(SFX)
About the Author
Mat Irvine left the BBC in 1993 and has been pursuing other projects in the media as writer, producer and director. He worked on Future Fantastic and co-devised both Robot Wars and its spin-off, Techno Games. Along with Mike Tucker he is author of BBC VFX.
Mike Tucker originally set up a completely new department within the BBC when the original Visual Effects closed. He now runs his own company, The Model Unit, at Ealing Studios. Along with Mat Irvine he is author of BBC VFX.
Top customer reviews
There are great photos of the sets and models and interesting facts. Sometimes during editing a programme the effects are ruined, as with the infamous Casualty plane crash!
This book shows the hard work, enthusiasm and detail that went into every project.
It is a good book, a little brief on detail in some areas but very enjoyable.
Those of us who grew up during the 1970s and 80s will be familiar with the author's work particularly on Doctor Who, Blake's Seven and Red Dwarf. There insight is excellent. It is also fitting that the opening section of the book pays tribute to the likes of Jack Kine, Bernard Wilkie, Michaeljohn Harris and Ian Scoones. I have been fortunate to have met all of these men. They were childhood heros to me and it is fitting that history has this book as a celebration of their work and all the designers and assistants who followed.
Well done Mat and Mike!
It will tell you that certain items were created from expanded polystyrene blocks, or using fibreglass resin ... but it doesn't go into depth about the actual creation. That's understandable else it would have run to 1000+ pages, (and probably would lose a lot of readers in the process)
It also explains that fire scenes are mostly achieved with smoke and lighting, and perhaps using a flame fork powered by propane for flames. It also explains how models and minitures had to be filmed at slow speed in order for flames/smoke/explosions were in scale.
As I say, it tells you HOW an effect was created without going into a lot of technical details.
I'm not an avid book reader, but with all the pictures and informative text, I read it from cover to cover in a week. Well worth the money.
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