YouTube Poop: Participatory Culture without Rooted Fandoms

The more I read material on fandoms, the more I find myself trying to unpack some of the many culture creations that don’t particularly celebrate a fandom at all, but have created some kind of following of its own. In fact, there is a wide array of YouTube videos as participatory culture that derives off […]

VFX Industry’s “March to the Bottom” and the Halt on ADAPT’s Legal Efforts

Visual effects (VFX) is a front runner in film today, so it’s about time VFX workers get a little respect! Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality, written by Stephen Prince, invites readers to take a second look at the big bad world of moviemaking through the digital realm of visual effects. Prince […]

Eliciting Emotions with Electronics

Last week I was watching the movie District 9 with some friends and I heard someone shout “Oh no! They’re going to hurt it!”. What she was referring to was a human soldier pointing a gun at the head of a small CGI alien child. Even though these characters were non-human computer renderings, they elicited an emotional response […]

La Vie Filmique // L’Objectif Numérique: The Visual Magic of Modern Blockbusters

Admittedly, it was a pleasant surprise to observe so many connections between Stephen Prince’s Digital Visual Effects in Cinema and the reading/facilitation last week in which we discussed the cinematic old versus the filmic new. The semantics of Prince’s facts and assertions are what held my attention the most, beginning with his mention of George […]

Digital Environments: Visual Effects and Realism

In the book Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: [The Seduction of Reality}, author Stephen Prince outlines the changes in filmmaking that have occurred as digital technologies have become more widely used. He first traces the beginning movements of digital technologies and how they have shaped our perceptions of realism, how they replicate traditional filmmaking and […]

The transformation of Visual Effects

In his book Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality, Prince traces the transformation of “special effects” in Hollywood cinema from the 1960s to present day. Most people still refer to the seduction of reality in cinema as “special effects,” but Prince argues that “special” might not be so special within today’s society:

Digital Cinema’s Perceptual Realism: From Dinosaurs to Apes

Stephen Prince’s Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality examines how tools of image manipulation have changed over time for filmmakers, how these tools are used, and why they are used. Digital visual effects are not just used for spectacle in film, but are more often used subtly as additions to already existing […]