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Plastic reality : special effects, technology, and the emergence of 1970s blockbuster aesthetics

Author: Julie A Turnock
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Julie A. Turnock tracks the use and evolution of special effects in 1970s filmmaking, a development as revolutionary to film as the form's transition to sound in the 1920s. Beginning with the classical studio era's early approaches to special effects, she follows the industry's slow build toward the significant advances of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which set the stage for the groundbreaking achievements of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie A Turnock
ISBN: 9780231163521 0231163525 9780231163538 0231163533
OCLC Number: 889941119
Description: xiii, 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Optical animation : special effects compositing up to 1977 --
Before industrial light and magic : the independent Hollywood special effects business, 1968-1975 --
The expanded blockbuster : the auteurist aesthetics of 1970s special effects-driven filmmaking --
"The buck stops at opticals" : special effects technology on Star wars and Close encounters of the third kind --
A more plastic reality : the design and conception of Star wars and West Coast experimental filmmaking --
"More philosophical grey matter" : the production and aesthetic of Close encounters of the third kind --
Optical special effects into the 1980s : a well-oiled machine --
"Not-too-realistic" and intensified realistic approaches in the 1980s : traditional stop motion and showscan --
Conclusion: World-building and the legacy of 1970s special effects in contemporary cinema.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: Julie A. Turnock.

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Julie A. Turnock tracks the use and evolution of special effects in 1970s filmmaking, a development as revolutionary to film as the form's transition to sound in the 1920s.  Read more...

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With consummate research and clear explanations, Turnock shows how the special effects revolution actually took place before CGI and how the way the blockbusters of the late sixties and seventies, Read more...

 
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