The After Effects Illusionist
This comprehensive textbook contains dozens of step-by-step recipes allowing you to harness the full power of the native plug-in effects in After Effects. Author Chad Perkins guides you through the application of each and every native plug-in effect available for use in the After Effects toolset. He also shows you how each can be used optimally in your media project, when and why it makes sense to use each, and also how to combine multiple effects. Softcover, 579 pp. $59.95.
Creating Motion Graphics With After Effects
Chris Meyer & Trish Meyer
A colour-packed, thoroughly illustrated guide to After Effects, featuring topics such as mastering complex animation and keyframe assistants, transfer modes, transparencies and working with fields, DV, NTSC and PAL. Includes a CD-ROM with hundreds of movies, stills, objects and audio clips, and a free tryout version of Adobe After Effects 4.1 for Windows or Macintosh. Softcover, 690 pp. $68.50.
Special Effects: How To Create a Hollywood Film Look on a Home Studio Budget
This book includes step-by-step instructions on creating a wider variety of basic and advanced special effects techniques that will enhance your film or video project. Also, you'll find insider information from professional special-effects artists who have worked on such movies and shows as Star Trek: Voyager, Sleepers, Contact, War of the Worlds, Lost, Alias, and Star Wars. Softcover, 228 pp. $41.95.
Master the art and technique of blue and greenscreen compositing with this comprehensive how-to course in creating effective and realistic composited scenes in video formats. Written for the professional, this book will introduce you to the arcane field of special effects compositing with clear explanations of the mechanics of the technology and the craft of creating a visual that "works" convincingly. Softcover, 233 pp. $53.50.
Designing Movie Creatures and Characters
Designing Movie Creatures and Characters reveals the inside story of how creatures of the imagination are brought to life onscreen--told by the makers themselves, and illustrated with exclusive, behind-the scenes shots from hundreds of movies such as King Kong; Star Wars; Pirates of the Caribbean; X-Men; Predator; Alien; Hellboy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Softcover, 176 pp. $46.50.
The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studios
Offering a unique insight into the career of Stan Winston, and the special
effects industry as a whole, this lavishly illustrated book takes readers
behind-the-scenes to uncover the secrets of the groundbreaking special
effects in films such as The Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Edward
Scissorhands, Jurassic Park. With a copious collection
of previously unpublished sketches, production art and photographs
straight from the studio archives, along with in-depth contributions
from Stan and all of his creative staff, The
Winston Effect is an unprecedented record of the extraordinary dedication
and artistry behind the creation of some of the most iconic characters
in cinema history. Hardcover, 336 pp. $83.95.
Creative After Effects 7
Realize your creative potential with a working knowledge of After
Effects 7. Renowned artist and designer Angie Taylor demonstrates
professional workflows and inspires with practical tutorial lessons
theory (and you!) to work. Inside you'll find a comprehensive survey
of the new interface and features with illustrated techniques for
animation, visual effects and motion graphics. Practice exercises
techniques, and book-length projects challenge you with fantastically
creative uses of the application. The companion DVD includes everything
to complete the tutorials as well as an array of bonus plug-ins and
Softcover, 580 pp. $68.95.
Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects
Robert E. McCarthy
Whether you're a working professional, a film student, or just interested
in the techniques behind the effects, Secrets of Hollywood Special
Effects provides the insights that you've been looking for. Inside
instructions and more than 200 illustrations and diagrams teaching
you how to perform a wide array of practical effects, including: rain
fire effects, wire effects, pyrotechnics, and much more. Hardcover,
192 pp. $118.95.
Visual Effects for Film & Television
Visual effects are at the forefront of a digital revolution in the film
and video industry and are becoming more and more important to movie
language. Written by an experienced professional, this book teaches
techniques and skills required to incorporate effects successfully
into both film and television production.
Softcover, 245 pp. $33.95.
Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects
Patricia D. Netzley
The Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects contains more than 360 entries
on visual, mechanical, and makeup special effects, including information
on the latest techniques and gadgetry used to create some of the
cinema's most spectacular effects, the geniuses who bring the magic
to the screen,
and the films that have won awards for special effects or have contributed
significantly to the development of the art. Softcover, 291 pp. $28.50.
Special Effects: An Oral History
The monster spewing flames in Godzilla, the flying bicycle in E.T., the
rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic Park: these are only a few of the cinematic
magic moments that have held audiences spellbound over the years. Spanning
a century of screen wizardry, and featuring the insights of several masters
of special effects, this fabulous volume pays homage to dazzling pyrotechnics
and the artists of illusion who created them. Hardcover, 566 pp. $57.50.
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