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Special Effects: How to Create a Hollywood Film Look on a Home Budget [Paperback]

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This full color book provides simple and effective special effects techniques that can be mastered by the amateur filmmaker. Work smart, play safe, and create interesting special effects that will help your film or video project look like a million bucks.

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907262  
ISBN13  9781932907261  

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This is for the absolute beginner  Aug 4, 2008
Don't buy this unless you are an absolute beginner to the subject. It lists what can be done, but there's not much detail on how to do it right. For example, the chroma key chapter doesn't mention how to get the lighting even across the background. You'll not be happy with just throwing up a green background and stepping through the Premiere tutorial.

For anyone looking for more than an overview, each chapter is fluff.
Absolute "must-have" supplementary resource for aspiring, novice, and independent filmmakers.  Oct 6, 2007
Independent filmmaker of 12 years' experience Michael Slone presents Special Effects: How to Create A Hollywood Film Look on a Home Studio Budget, a guide especially for small-time filmmakers on a tight budget. Chapters walk the reader through how to apply advances in technology, especially computer technology, to give life to one's dreams and dress up one's films with eye candy. Full-color photographs on high-quality paper illustrate what is possible, while assorted computer screenshots help underscore the nuts and bolts of the step-by-step instructions. Additional insider information from professional and Emmy Award-winning special effects artists round out this absolute "must-have" supplementary resource for aspiring, novice, and independent filmmakers.
Excellent for anyone dedicated to creating their own film!  Jul 5, 2007
This book is especially good for student film-makers, who will be inspired rather than intimidated by the art of special effects production; the book makes impressive illusion possible with little money necessary and with resources already available in many people's homes. If the reader is serious about film-making, they've met the only requirement needed to create worthwhile special effects.
Low budget? No problem!   Jun 2, 2007
I bought this book for my son, who is an attorney and wants to learn filmmaking as a hobby. I'm impressed by the photos and artwork, which take readers step-by-step through each phase of the projects. I ended up reading the book myself, and I can see it's all my son will need to get started. I recommend this book for all novice filmmakers.
ideal for beginning SFX specialists  May 18, 2007
Arguably the biggest revolution in filmmaking in the last decade has taken place in the field of special effects. CGI has irrevocably changed the way movie magic is created, and thanks to advances in computer technology many home users now have access to the same software used in Hollywood. So, in principle, professional-quality special effects are now within anyone's reach. The only question is: how does the budding SFX-enthusiast get started?
This is where Mike Slone's book comes in. Squarely aimed at the beginner, it details a number of the most common special effects used in filmmaking. Of course, not everything is done with computers, so the first part of the book concentrates on physical effects. These include creating fake blood and bullet hits, rain and snow, fake glass, disappearing tricks, the use of prop guns, smoke, dry ice, bullet and arrow hits and models and miniatures. Each of these techniques is explained in a clear and practical fashion, although if you intend to get into modelling, you'll obviously need to look for further detailed information.
The book then goes into digital effects, including green screen, gun flashes, and light sabres. There are extensive tutorials on each of these using Adobe Premiere Pro. The final chapters include interviews with a few SFX professionals and provide tips for starting your own FX company if you're so inclined.
Veteran SFX people probably won't find much that is new here, but anyone starting out in the field couldn't wish for a better introduction.


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