7.1 Overview

According to THE VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS (Focal Press, 2010), “visual effects” is imagery “that cannot be captured using standard photographic techniques.” In both 2D and 3D, visual effects teams create imagery that integrates into the temporal and spatial world of the corresponding live action portion of the show.

In this book “visual effects” includes graphics, captions, subtitles, as well as computer-generated (CG) objects, characters and environments. Like their counterparts in the other workflows, 3D Visual Effects teams aim to generate the best imagery possible using the resources available. While a detailed explanation of 3D visual effects techniques is outside the scope ...

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