Making of the Visual "Wow" Moments in Movies The use of special effects in movies is revolutionizing not only the visuals that you see, but also the kind of movies that can be produced. Who could have considered filming Lord of the Rings before it was possible to give a life-like rendition of Gollum, or of the fall of Isengard? Most if not all of these special effects are produced by computer, combining the ability to capture pictures digitally, thus allowing relatively easy manipulation of the element of each frame; and the advent of very powerful graphics packages which make the creation of animation that much easier and more effective. If you are one of the people who have been captivated by these new special effects, you may be considering the possibility of working in this area, and want to attend special effects school. You would learn about the new filming techniques, and about the "rendering" process that allows the image additions and manipulations which give the photo realistic effects that you see on screen. You will need real creative talent - computerized special effects are a form of graphic design, and they do not substitute for the artistic input from the designer. A school offering a special effects program is a great way of learning the tools of this career, and will give you a qualification that will allow you to enter this interesting new career area.
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