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Visual Effects for Film and Television by Mitch Mitchell

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3 Imaging without a camera

Normally the territory of video art and experimental film, abstract and non-representational photography may be requested from a VFX unit. Subject matter requiring this sort of work includes: control, monitoring or futuristic displays within a setting; abstract and biological backgrounds into which actors are matted (e.g., in a dream, or suggesting some future process such as transmutation); to create exaggerated natural phenomena such as clouds or fire; to devise transitional image-bites; or to supply backgrounds for titles.

Imaging without a camera can be defined as image creation systems that do not employ a lens. Photographing ink being dripped into a tank would not fit into this category, but dripping it onto blank ...

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