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Elemental Magic by Joseph Gilland

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Chapter 3 The Specific Effects Categories

 

Over the course of my career, I have animated an unbelievably broad range of elements, all of which fall under the umbrella of what can be considered “special effects”. To best illustrate just how diverse this art form really is, let me share with you a short list of some of the things I have been called upon to animate over the years.

First of all —water. Lots of it! Splashes, ripples, waves, bubbles, fountains, white water, geysers, water hoses, raindrops, rivers, waterfalls, oceans, ice, snowflakes, avalanches, and slush.

And then there are all the other possible elements: Vapor, alcohol, and clouds. Gas, oil, syrup, oatmeal, mud, slime, and saliva. Chairs, cars, bags of flour, chains, whips, guns, ...

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