26 July, 2005

Chaney Monster Link

Werewolves and Vampires - Cinematic Transformations.

George Waggner’s is among the most recognised of the early werewolf films, the 1941 film The Wolf Man and Tod Browning’s equally famous, 1931 Dracula established many of the supernatural and mythic “laws” of their respective sub- genres that remain prevalent in popular cinematic experience. The myths themselves “shifting” reflecting the era and the cinematic experience, as can be seen by Lon Chaney Jr.’s portrayal of the not quite sympathetic hero, who becomes the slightly more sympathetic monster. Other modern were creature lores, such as death by silver, aversion to wolfsbane, even the hint of the sexual and Freudian nature of the werewolf, were initiated with The Wolf Man.

06 July, 2005

Quick & Dirty IQ Test

Your IQ Is 125

Your Logical Intelligence is Above Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Exceptional
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Above Average
Your General Knowledge is Above Average

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05 July, 2005

''Making movies is an illusion...people fall for'' (Steven Speilberg)

Director Steven Spielberg has said. ''My job is to take that technique and hide it so well that never once are you taken out of your chair and reminded where you are."

What are Cinematic Special Effects?

Definitions of special effects on the Web:

Visual effects applied to clips and sequences such as motion effects, layering, and filters.

A general term for various photographic manipulations that create fictitious spatial relations in the shot, such as superimposition, matte shots, and rear projection.

Artistic effects added to a video production in order to enhance the production by creating drama, enhancing the mood or furthering the story. Special effects may vary from the limited addition of patterns or the mixing of several video images together, to sophisticated digital effects such as picture compression, page flipping and three-dimensional effects. Special effects are usually created using SEGs.

A term used to describe special theatrical make-up effects, as well as other theatrical and film effects. Often abbreviated as SPFX or F/X.

Sound or video used in the editing process to heighten drama or suggest a time, place or story element. Often used as a transition.

Artificial effect used to create an illusion in a movie.

Awkward term often given to sound effects. "Special sound effects" is a useful description, though, for out-of-the-ordinary effects that have to be created.

Use for person(s) involved in the creation of action sequences and/or of apparent action or sound using photographic, mechanical, electric, optical, or electronic devices. Effects range from simple optical effects to elaborate explosions, miniatures, computer- produced action, sets, or props. The term also includes stunt arranging, fight arranging, flying sequences, stunt men, etc. For special sound effects, use "Sound." For animated effects, use "Animation."

Special effects are tricks of sight and sound mostly achieved by combining technology, ingenuity and creativity and employed in films to facilitate suspension of audience disbelief.

Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. They are also used when creating the effect by normal means is prohibitively expensive, such as an enormous explosion. They are also used to enhance previously filmed elements, by adding, removing or enhancing objects within the scene.

03 July, 2005

The Thing
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