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Special Effects

The After Effects IllusionistThe After Effects Illusionist
Chad Perkins
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 EffectsCreating 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 EffectsSpecial Effects: How To Create a Hollywood Film Look on a Home Studio Budget

Michael Slone
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.

Bluescreen CompositingBluescreen Compositing

John Jackman
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 CharactersDesigning Movie Creatures and Characters

Richard Rickitt
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 StudiosThe Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studios

Jody Duncan
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 7Creative After Effects 7

Angie Taylor
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 that help put the 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 reinforce essential techniques, and book-length projects challenge you with fantastically creative uses of the application. The companion DVD includes everything you'll need to complete the tutorials as well as an array of bonus plug-ins and demo software. Softcover, 580 pp. $68.95.

Secrets of Hollywood Special EffectsSecrets 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 you'll find instructions and more than 200 illustrations and diagrams teaching you how to perform a wide array of practical effects, including: rain effects, fire effects, wire effects, pyrotechnics, and much more. Hardcover, 192 pp. $118.95.

Visual Effects for Film & TelevisionVisual Effects for Film & Television
Mitch Mitchell
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 the practical techniques and skills required to incorporate effects successfully into both film and television production. Softcover, 245 pp. $33.95.

Encyclopedia of Movie Special EffectsEncyclopedia 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 Special Effects: An Oral History
Pascal Pinteau
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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Special Effects Make-upSpecial Effects Make-up
Janus Vinther
In this book, Janus Vinther provides step-by-step guidelines for achieving a wide variety of grotesque and outlandish effects, including bullet holes, body fluids, burns, and a variety of specialised character make-ups. With detailed explanations of techniques and materials and illustrations throughout, this book contains everything that you need to know to look your worst. Softcover, 160 pp. $39.95.

Special Effects: The History and Technique
Special Effects: The History and Technique
Richard Rickitt
This book is a treasure trove of astounding information for the student or professional and certainly the fan of special effects. Loaded with step-by-step explanations of every area of effects production, from traditional model making to the latest digital techniques this is the last word in special effects. Lavishly illustrated and filled with interviews with the leading effects specialists in Britain and the US. Hardcover, $75.00.

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