Visual or special effects are intended to heighten the realism or visual excitement of the film. They can be added either during filming, or afterward during the production process. Some examples include fake weather, explosions, and computer renderings of backgrounds.
'How Stuff Works' has a good overview of several Visual Effects processes as well as Feature Film case studies
Blog analyzing video clips of notable title sequences from film and television.
The ultimate in visual effects journalism. Cinefex takes its readers on a dynamic behind-the-scenes journey through the filmmaking process, with details of upcoming films with special effects.
Digital 3D technology resource with industry news, press releases, and company directory.
Provides free video tutorials for low-budget projects.
London school of visual effects runs courses in 2D visual effects and 3D computer animation, using the latest tools and packages including Maya, Softimage XSI and Shake.
Good general information and Case Studies related to Film and Digital Film. Includes an informative Glossary.
Step by step instructions on how to create light sabre effects, by Darel Finley.
Site concerning special effects from large companies, as well as how-to's for low budget effects aimed at independent filmmakers.
Information on special effects company, its employees, its work, and its techniques.
Magazine for professionals in the visual effects industry. Read reviews of work done for such films as Turbulence and The Relic.
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