This book provides a history of the development of special effects, and its significance in cinema and media studies. The book studies 1970s special effects aesthetics, and mid- to late 1970s science fiction and fantasy blockbusters, arguing that “New Hollywood” auteurist filmmaking allowed the filmmakers to fully express their own personal vision through the effects work. Films such as Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind led to the development of special effects technology and aesthetic, allowing greater control over the image to better express the filmmaker's “vision,” and the presentation of a highly personalized manifestation of that style. The book also deals with the topic of realism because special effects material is generally designed to match or complement live-action footage.
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