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The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, 2nd Edition by Jeffrey A. Okun, Susan Zwerman

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INTRODUCTION

Michael Fink

 

 

 

First, Some Ground Rules

In this introduction, and in a great part of this book, when the term “visual effects” (VFX) is used, it often applies to the disciplines of both visual and special effects. Additionally, when a project is referred to as a “film” or a “movie,” the reader should understand that the writers mean to address all moving image production that uses visual effects—not just the narrower definition of narrative filmmaking.

Now, the Introduction

What is a visual effect? What is a special effect? The term “visual effect” is used to describe any imagery created, altered or enhanced for a film, or other moving media, that cannot be accomplished during live action shooting, and further expanded to ...

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