To CGI or not to CGI? The potential negative affects of special effects.

Banks, Tamara (2007) To CGI or not to CGI? The potential negative affects of special effects. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation will investigate the positive and negative affects of Computer Generated Imagery on a select number of films and television shows and compare CGI to other techniques of creating similar effects such as puppetry, Greenscreen, wirework and prosthetic makeup. This study will also look at the impact the actors themselves have on the development of special effects, and how the effects affect their craft. Chapter one: It's not easy being Greenscreen will look closely at the Star Wars films first created by George Lucas in 1977 and compare the special effect techniques used in the first three episodes to those of the last three. Chapter two: Faster than speeding Bullet-time will examine the use of Greenscreen for wirework and stunt work purposes focusing mainly on the various adaptations of Superman and the Matrix films and how the actor has influence over the result of the special effects achieved in such films. Chapter three: Muppets, Puppets and Animatronics. Oh my! Will investigate the use of puppets and prosthetic makeup compared with CGI characters. This chapter will focus mainly on the development of Yoda from the Star Wars films throughout the years as well as how actors deal with special effect creations such as puppets. The Conclusion will evaluate the evidence discussed in the chapters and theories the future of special effects.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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