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Elemental Magic by Joseph Gilland

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Chapter 6 Magic

 

Often when I try to describe special effects animation to my friends who are not in the animation business, I will mention “pixie dust” as one of the common effects elements that we deal with. This inevitably brings oohs and aahs of familiarity, enchantment and curiosity. Humankind has always had a love affair with magic and it seems to transcend the humdrum routines that we've mostly come to accept as reality. In the world of special effects animation, it is no different. I have yet to know an animator who doesn't feel a wonderful creative release when working on “magic” effects.

With magic we are able to shed the rules of physics that govern most effects animation, and invent our own set of physics or lack thereof. Magic sets ...

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