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Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Julie Turnock


This book 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, it 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 1977. The text analyzes the far-reaching impact of the convincing, absorbing, and seemingly unlimited fantasy environments of that year's iconic films, with a section of the book dedicated to ... More

Keywords: special effects, sound, filmmaking, fantasy, optical special effects, hyper-realistic techniques, stop motion, Showscan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163538
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Turnock, author
University of Illinois, Urbana