Special Effects: Still in Search of Wonder (Film and Culture) (Hardcover)

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Designed to trick the eye and stimulate the imagination, special effects have changed the way we look at films and the worlds created in them. Computer-generated imagery (CGI), as seen in Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men in Black, and The Matrix, is just the latest advance in the evolution of special effects. Even as special effects have been marveled at by millions, this is the first investigation of their broader cultural reception. Moving from an exploration of nineteenth-century popular science and magic to the Hollywood science fiction cinema of our time, Special Effects examines the history, advancements, and connoisseurship of special effects, asking what makes certain types of cinematic effects special, why this matters, and for whom. Michele Pierson shows how popular science magazines, genre filmzines, and computer lifestyle magazines have articulated an aesthetic criticism of this emerging art form and have helped shape how these hugely popular on-screen technological wonders have been viewed by moviegoers.

About the Author

Michele Pierson is lecturer in film studies and visual culture at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780231125628
ISBN-10: 0231125623
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2002
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Film and Culture