Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts by Dan NorthSpecial Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts by Dan North

Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts

byDan North, Bob Rehak, Michael Duffy

Paperback | July 7, 2015

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Gathering established and emerging voices in cinema and media studies, this comprehensive collection of essays examines special effects as objects and practices in multiple historical and theoretical contexts - from the earliest years of cinema, via experimental film and the golden age of Hollywood studios, to our contemporary transmedia landscape.
Dan North is an independent scholar. He is the author of Performing Illusions: Cinema, Special Effects and the Virtual Actor (2008), and editor of Sights Unseen: Unfi nished British Films (2008). Bob Rehak is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College, USA. His work has appeared in Cinema Jour...
Title:Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, ContextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.7 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:British Film InstituteLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1844575179

ISBN - 13:9781844575176


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Foreword; Scott Bukatman.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction; Bob Rehak, Dan North and Michael S. Duffy.- PART 1: TECHNIQUES.- 1. Ectoplasm and Oil: Methocel and the Aesthetics of Special Effects; Ethan de Seife.- 2. Fleshing It Out: Prosthetic Makeup Effects, Motion Capture and the Reception of Performance; Lisa Bode.- 3. (Stop)Motion Control: Special Effects in Contemporary Puppet Animation; Andrea Comiskey.- 4. Magic Mirrors: The Schüfftan Process; Katharina Loew.- 5. Photorealism, Nostalgia and Style: Photorealism and Material Properties of Film in Digital Visual Effects; Barbara Flueckiger.- PART 2: BODIES.- 6. Bleeding Synthetic Blood: Flesh and Simulated Space in 300; Drew Ayers.- 7. Blackface, Happy Feet: The Politics of Race in Motion Capture and Animation; Tanine Allison.- 8. Being Georges Méliès; Dan North.- 9. The Battlefield for the Soul: Special Effects and the Possessed Body; Stacey Abbott.- 10. Baroque Facades, Jeff Bridges' Face and Tron: Legacy; Angela Ndalianis.- 11. Organic Clockwork: Guillermo del Toro's Practical and Digital Nature; Michael S. Duffy.- PART 3: SCREENS.- 12. Digital 3D, Technological Auteurism and the Rhetoric of Cinematic Revolution; Chuck Tryon.- 13. Shooting Stars: Chesley Bonestell and the Special Effects of Outer Space; Bob Rehak.- 14. Designed for Everyone Who Looks Forward to Tomorrow!: Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the.- 15. 1970s Expanded Blockbuster; Julie Turnock.- 16. The Right Stuff?: Handmade Special Effects in Commercial and Industrial Film; Gregory Zinman.- 17. 'Don't You Mean Extinct?': On the Circulation of Knowledge in Jurassic Park; Oliver Gaycken.- 18. Inception's Timespaces: An Ecology of Technology; Aylish Wood.- 19. Afterword: An Interview with Lev Manovich; Dan North.- Index.