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Basic guide to making explosion effects for movies

Shooting a real explosion in full scale or even with the use of miniatures generally adds realism to a movie's special effects requirements. In the past, it is almost always necessary to create practical explosions to mount scenes showcasing blasts, bombings, fires, and other elements. However, the safety, environmental, and financial issues involved in making them often result in filmmakers having second thoughts on adding explosion shots in their movies. Now, film technology already makes it accessible and easy

Filmmaking Guide: Basic in-camera techniques for homemade special effects

Putting special effects in your home movies doesn't always require complicated post-production work and special effects software. You can create visual magic in-camera without using any special equipment through simple techniques that allow you to readily record the actual effects from the camera. These options apply similar concepts and basic camera adjustments to create specific effects for your movie projects. All of these techniques utilize continuous cut-to-cut filming processes that result in the production of special effects shots. Jump Cut

Filmmaking Guide: Key special effects techniques done during the shoot

Aside from basic in-camera techniques like stop-motion shooting and time-lapse photography and old school special effects techniques like dolly-zoom, miniature, and rear and front projection effects, there are other techniques you can use during the shoot to create special effects shots. These options are now typically accessible not only to professional filmmakers but amateurs as well. Speed-ramping Effect Speed ramping refers to a long take involving any combination of the following: parts that move slowly, parts that move quickly,

Filmmaking Guide: Making movie special effects

There are many ways to create special effects for movie projects. For most live-action movies, people can do this using a green or blue screen background. Some productions use the challenging process called rotoscoping, which requires a frame-by-frame alteration of the movie. Most filmmaking works actually use professional image-editing, special effects, animation, and video-editing programs to create video effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI). Mastery of software programs is crucial when making special effects in movies. However, the opportunity to create these

‘Brothers Grimm’ Film Review: A grim for Brothers Grimm

The only thing that makes "Brothers Grimm" a bit interesting is its fairytale theme. "Brothers Grimm" is shallow, bland, and disappointing. It is a fractured fairy tale that is unable to live up to its classic sources. There have been a few sparks of promise, but the muddled plot messes up its supposed intensity. Weaving throughout the film are a number of Grimm tales including: "The Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince," "Rapunzel," "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "The Gingerbread

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