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Art Direction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition by Robert Olson

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PRODUCTION DESIGNERS USE SPECIAL EFFECTS

With the explosive development of digital technology, many of today’s films rely on dazzling effects rather than compelling stories. In this chapter we will see an overview of effects developed from the beginnings of filmmaking, see what technology offers today, and hear from some production designers who use special effects. As visual consultant Bruce Block says, “It’s important that special effects be seamless – that they not draw attention to themselves, and that they support the story.”

Production designers can choose to use a special effect for several reasons: cost, safety, or fantasy effect. Colin Irwin, production designer on feature films and television series, reminds us about a safety consideration. ...

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