The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects

techno-industrial distinctions between “special effects,” “visual effects” and “special visual effects” are rarely upheld. Cinéphilic and critico-theoretical discourses about Hollywood cinema often use “special effects,” “visual ...

Author: Rama Venkatasawmy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739176214

Category: Performing Arts

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While many books have addressed visual effects in Hollywood cinema, The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood s Coming of Age, by Rama Venkatasawmy, fills an important gap in cinematic analysis and film history by providing a periodization and techno-historical account of visual effects in Hollywood cinema."
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The Apocalypse in Film

CONCLUSION The aim of this chapter has been to analyze Melancholia's use of digital visual effects by applying Shilo McClean's “Framework for the Narrative Uses of Digital Visual Effects in Film”47 to the film.

Author: Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442260290

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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We live in a world at risk. Dire predictions about our future or the demise of planet earth persist. Even fictional representations depict narratives of decay and the end of a commonly shared social reality. Along with recurring Hollywood blockbusters that imagine the end of the world, there has been a new wave of zombie features as well as independent films that offer various visions of the future. The Apocalypse in Film: Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions about the End of the World offers an overview of Armageddon in film from the silent era to the present. This collection of essays discusses how such films reflect social anxieties—ones that are linked to economic, ecological, and cultural factors. Featuring a broad spectrum of international scholars specializing in different historical genres and methodologies, these essays look at a number of films, including the silent classic The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the Mayan calendar disaster epic, 2012, and in particular, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, the focus of several essays. As some filmmakers translate the anxiety about a changing global climate and geo-political relations into visions of the apocalypse, others articulate worries about the planet’s future by depicting chemical warfare, environmental disasters, or human made destruction. This book analyzes the emergence of apocalyptic and dystopic narratives and explores the political and social situations on which these films are based. Contributing to the dialogue on dystopic culture in war and peace, The Apocalypse in Film will be of interest to scholars in film and media studies, border studies, gender studies, sociology, and political science.
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The Empire of Effects

Andrew Johnston provides the most academic cinema-focused account, emphasizing the artistic, cinematic, ... History of Special Effects (New York: The New Press, 2004); and Rama Venkatasawmy, The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: ...

Author: Julie A. Turnock

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477325322

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Just about every major film now comes to us with an assist from digital effects. The results are obvious in superhero fantasies, yet dramas like Roma also rely on computer-generated imagery to enhance the verisimilitude of scenes. But the realism of digital effects is not actually true to life. It is a realism invented by Hollywood—by one company specifically: Industrial Light & Magic. The Empire of Effects shows how the effects company known for the puppets and space battles of the original Star Wars went on to develop the dominant aesthetic of digital realism. Julie A. Turnock finds that ILM borrowed its technique from the New Hollywood of the 1970s, incorporating lens flares, wobbly camerawork, haphazard framing, and other cinematography that called attention to the person behind the camera. In the context of digital imagery, however, these aesthetic strategies had the opposite effect, heightening the sense of realism by calling on tropes suggesting the authenticity to which viewers were accustomed. ILM’s style, on display in the most successful films of the 1980s and beyond, was so convincing that other studios were forced to follow suit, and today, ILM is a victim of its own success, having fostered a cinematic monoculture in which it is but one player among many.
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From Film Practice to Data Process

Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition Sarah Atkinson ... Venkatasawmy, R. (2013), The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects, Lanham: Lexington Books. Verevis, C. (2005), 'Mike Figgis: ...

Author: Sarah Atkinson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748693597

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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To what extent have digital innovations transformed the UK film industry? What new practices and processes are emerging within the contemporary UK filmmaking landscape? What impact is this having upon filmmaking professionals? The business of conventional feature filmmaking is like no other, in that it assembles a huge company of people from a range of disciplines on a temporary basis, all to engage in the collaborative endeavour of producing a unique, one-off piece of work. By focusing on the pivotal year of 2012, and by considering the input of every single contributor to the process, this book illuminates how this period of analogue to digital transition is impacting upon working practices, cultures, opportunities and structures in the industry, and examines the various causative forces behind their adoptions and resistances. With an in-depth case study of Sally Potter's 2012 film 'Ginger & Rosa', and drawing upon interviews with international film industry practitioners, 'From Film Practice to Data Process' is a groundbreaking examination of film production in its totality, in a moment of profound change.
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Research Anthology on Recent Trends Tools and Implications of Computer Programming

Simulated environment using procedural animation in a simulated city. Google Patents. Retrieved from https://www.google.com/patents/US6183364 Venkatasawmy, R. (2013). The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of ...

Author: Management Association, Information Resources

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799830177

Category: Computers

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Programming has become a significant part of connecting theoretical development and scientific application computation. Computer programs and processes that take into account the goals and needs of the user meet with the greatest success, so it behooves software engineers to consider the human element inherent in every line of code they write. Research Anthology on Recent Trends, Tools, and Implications of Computer Programming is a vital reference source that examines the latest scholarly material on trends, techniques, and uses of various programming applications and examines the benefits and challenges of these computational developments. Highlighting a range of topics such as coding standards, software engineering, and computer systems development, this multi-volume book is ideally designed for programmers, computer scientists, software developers, analysts, security experts, IoT software programmers, computer and software engineers, students, professionals, and researchers.
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3D Movie Making

To the same extent, the digitization of postprocessing and visual effects gave us another surge in the 1990s (Spy Kids, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl). But only full digitization, from glass to glass—from the camera's to the ...

Author: Bernard Mendiburu

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240811376

Category: Computers

Page: 223

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Hollywood is going 3D! Join the revolution with this primer to all of the essential skills for live action 3D, from preproduction through distribution. 3D perception and science is presented in an accessible way that provides the principles of Stereoscopic vision you need to make the transition from the 2D world. Tools of the trade are enumerated with an eye on current constraints and what is coming down the pike to smooth the way. Step-by-step instructions detail how 3D processes affect every stage of the production including screenwriting, art direction, principle photography, editing, visual effects and distribution. The companion DVD includes an array of 2D and 3D images that demonstrate concepts and techniques, 3D movie shorts that showcase alternative techniques, After Effects project files to explore and manipulate for effect, and a resource list of software tools and tutorials that demonstrate techniques. The DVD is not included with the E-book. Please contact the publisher for access to the DVD content by emailing [email protected] *Understand state-of-the-art 3D movie technology *Tutorials demonstrate 3D pictures with off-the-shelf equipment *Step-by-Step analysis of the production process for a real-world 3D movie helps you to know how to adapt your skills
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Global Chinese Cinema

Unusually, the after-footage makes the special effects transparent or 'visible' in a celebration of colour, ... Digitization allows image creation and manipulation of the in-camera shot to produce spectacular action on the screen and a ...

Author: Gary D. Rawnsley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135281496

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Director Zhang Yimou's film Hero, released in 2002, is widely regarded as the first globally successful indigenous Chinese blockbuster, touching on key questions of Chinese culture, nation and politics. This book explores the reasons for the film’s popularity with its audiences, and provides fascinating insights into recent developments in Chinese society, popular culture and cultural production.
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Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema

... special effectswould have beenmanipulations of the cameraor objects present in the frame.Of course, thisis notthe casenowas,fora number of decades, filmhas movedtoward an increasing digitizationboth in the filmingand creation ofthe ...

Author: A. Tucker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137386694

Category: Social Science

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The Internet is the most terrifying and most beautifully innovative invention of the twentieth century. Using film theory and close textual analysis, Tucker offers an explanation of the Internet and a brief history of its portrayal on film in order examine how it has shaped contemporary versions of self-identity, memory, and the human body.
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Selling Sex on Screen

From Weimar Cinema to Zombie Porn Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Catriona McAvoy. Pullen, Kirsten. ... Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies. ... The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of Age.

Author: Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442253544

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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The volume explores contemporary and historical films about “marked women” in various national cinema traditions. The essays focus on the depictions of prostitution and promiscuity in visual media from Silent Film in America to Weimar Cinema in Germany, the Golden Years in Hollywood, to the present. The book also touches on the Western genre, exploitation film, pornography, independent, and exploitation movies.
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Component based Digital Movie Production

Marcus Pankow examines the specifics of the movie production industry and its value-creating processes, reflecting the digitization and its impact on the information systems strategy.

Author: Marcus Pankow

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783835055896

Category: Business & Economics

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Marcus Pankow examines the specifics of the movie production industry and its value-creating processes, reflecting the digitization and its impact on the information systems strategy. Following the concept of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), he encapsulates established applications in services and integrates them on one platform.
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