Chapter Eight. Opticals and Visual Effects

Opticals and Visual Effects
 

So, when the special effects are at the service of the story and draw you into it, that is really the magic. In terms of what’s influencing me, it’s people that can do that. People who can pull you in and take you on a journey, as opposed to simply adding flash.

 
 --BILL SIENKIEWICZ

What is a visual effect, and how does it contribute to the way we tell our stories? Wikipedia defines visual effects as “the various processes by which visual imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a traditional live action shoot.” The web site MoviePartners.com defines them as “alterations to a film’s images ...

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