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Course 24

A Visual Effects Galaxy
Level 2.5
Visual effects are many things to many people. At their most visible, they are the explosion at the apex of a chase scene; a space cruiser doing battle with a starship; a multi-limb leader of an alien universe. But most of the time, visual effects are not noticeable as effects. They are dust at the end of a broom or bubbles at the tail of a submarine. And visual effects are what you don't see: telephone poles and cables removed because they didn't exist in the 17th century; skyscrapers replaced by mountain ranges; the hero's eyes changed from blue to green.
In a comprehensive look at the visual effects industry, members of the Visual Effects Society focused on specific techniques and technologies of the past two decades. Production professionals who contributed to the effects of some of the most notable films of 1998-1999 gave in-depth, technical presentations on how they transformed ordinary pixels into extraordinary images. The sum of these seven individual pieces was a view of the past, present, and future of this incredible industry.
Pam Hogarth
Gnomon, Inc., School of Visual Effects
Jill Smolin
Cinesite Visual Effects
Harrison Ellenshaw
Jon Alexander
Tim Alexander
Susan Kelley Andrews
Rod G. Bogart
Carl Frederick

Industrial Light & Magic
Glenn Kennel
Cinesite Digital Mastering
David Morehead
DreamWorks SKG
David Prescott
Digital Domain, Inc.
Brian Rosen
Pixar Animation Studios
Scott Singer
Pacific Data Images
Tom Smith
Cinesite Visual Effects

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