Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects

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From the earliest stop-motion photography in 1899's Cinderella to computer-generated wizardry in the latest Star Wars movie, special effects have thrilled movie audiences for more than a century. The Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects is a 5-star fan favorite that explains the magic behind these cinematic devices. This A-to-Z encyclopedia unveils the latest techniques and gadgetry inside a comprehensive reference work about the history of special effects. Entries on computer techniques, movie secrets, and the geniuses who have brought the magic to the big screen make this single volume a Hollywood hit. This encyclopedia lists movies that either contributed significantly to the development of special effects or were Academy Award winners, and spotlights over 120 well-known experts whose techniques, developments, and special effects houses have contributed significantly to the movie industry:

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"The book is excellently produced and includes good monograph photographs. This is a fascinating browse, full of interest and information about how movie makers turn illusion into reality....A delightful book for the film buff and special effects tyro alike."-Reference Reviews

..."informational and easy-to-use....Recommended."-Book Report

..."succinctly penned and genuinely interesting entries."-Reference Reviews

"[t]his resource is a good compliment to a diverse collection of 778s."-VOYA

..."useful criteria for coverage. Recommended for any collection supporting film."-Choice

"This encyclopedia is a useful addition to any general film collection."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

..."the information here is hard to find elsewhere in such detail. Consider this title for readers with a serious, but not professional interest."-School Library Journal

"Well researched and highly readable, this reference work is recommended for academic and public libraries with film studies collections."-American Reference Books Annual

"A uniques resource detailing the developments and use of special effects in the American movie industry, this title is well indexed and illustrated with 366 entries."-American Libraries

"An incredible treasury of f/x facts....this encyclopedia has a scope and quality that no other f/x reference work approaches....Highly recommended for all film collections."-Library Journal

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Designed to appeal to movie fans and film students alike, this encyclopaedia contains more than 360 entries chronicling the development and use of special effects in the motion picture industry since its beginnings. Entries range from Thomas Edison's 1897 film "The Humpty Dumpty Circus" to James Cameron's "Titanic". In addition to providing details about the individual effects used in each production, the encyclopaedia describes techniques, terminology, stunts and equipment commonly used in the special effects industry and profiles the pioneers in the field. The text is enhanced with photographs of movie scenes and special-effects techniques.

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