This online course introduces learners to the basic concepts and methods behind the special effects in cinema. You will meet miniature cities, giant apes, animated antics, alien spaceships, lively skeletons and de-aged actors. Along the way, you will learn to discuss special effects in more depth using technical vocabulary and will have the chance to debate the development of special effects in the movies, particularly the rise of the use of computer-generated image and its place in the live action film. No previous knowledge of the history of film or special effects is necessary. All are welcome to join this fascinating course!
This online course introduces learners to the basic concepts and methods behind cinema special effects. Over the five sessions you will examine the art and craft of film, making an in-depth study of over a century of special effects creativity in cinema, from the earliest simple trick shots to cutting-edge computer-generated images. We will discuss the creation of miniature cities, giant apes, animated antics, alien spaceships, lively skeletons and digitally de-aged actors. The course makes a wide variety of clips and stills from classic cinema and some overlooked masterpieces. Using discussion in a relaxed, informal environment, the tutor will enable you to identify a range of special effects techniques used in early cinema, analyse techniques related to matte paintings and miniature work, discuss the model work, animatronics and computer generated imagery as seen in a variety of King King movies, evaluate and debate the development of digital humans and the use of computer generated imagery on live-action actors, and consider the development of special effects within science fiction films. No previous experience or knowledge of the history of film or special effects is necessary. All are welcome to join this fascinating course!
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