The History Of Special Effects – part 1

A documentary revealing the growth of the special effects in motion pictures. From the very first use of photographic tricks and optical illusions, miniature models and matte paintings for such classical tales as “A Trip To The Moon” (1902) directed by Georges Melies and grounbreaking animated stop-motion puppets in “King Kong” (1933) created by legendary Willis O’Brien to the present days where modern filmmakers used practically the same improved techniques with some new elaborations as optical printer compositings and computer controlled model photography, steady cameras and complex animatronics. A interesting look behind Roger Corman’s “Android” (1982) with its special make-up and animatronic effects that were designed by John Carl Buechler and also include commentary by the effects experts that were responsible for the visual effects for such films as “Blade Runner” (1982) and “The Right Stuff” (1983).


History of Film

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