Introduction to Movie Effects
A movie, also known as a movie prop, movie set or moving picture, is an artistic work of visual entertainment used to portray serious subjects, ideas, themes, emotions, beauty, or setting through the utilization of moving images. In other words, it is a mini documentary that usually presents life through the eyes and camera of a small character. The term comes from the French term point de vision which translates literally to “point of sight”. Today, most movies are produced on digital sound stages, and the term refers to any medium that allows viewers to see a film while holding a specific device such as a television, projector, video game console, or computer monitor.
Movie production usually starts off with a proposal by an artist or director in order to find funding sources. Once the funding is secured, production on a movie can begin. Production includes the planning, development, photography, set design, sound effects, and editing of a film. Movie producers or studio executives then produce and distribute the film through various methods including film festivals, cable networks, DVD rental houses, video rentals, on-line distribution, video cassette re-releases, and theatrical presentations.
In the process of producing a movie, filmmakers will often use a wide range of special-effects equipment and machinery. Special-effects include things like blimps, aircraft, fire sets, and pyrotechnic displays. However, before these large-scale props are used on screen, they first need to be conceptualized, designed, created, assembled, and integrated in a film stock. A large percentage of the movie’s cost can be attributed to production costs, which include items such as shooting locations, special-effects equipment, special-effects set designers, sound effects technicians, and more. Another large portion of a movie’s budget is devoted to marketing.
After a movie is produced, it will go through post-production. Post-production includes everything from editing to adding special-effects, and everything in between. When it comes to post-production, the movie is edited, cleaned up, and restored. Post-production also involves everything that went into the film such as special-effects, reels, and more. To complicate things more, post-production may also include assembling the finished product into a movie franchise such as the Harry Potter franchise or the Twilight series.
Moving picture technology has improved over the years. Advances in camera technology, computer technology, and lens techniques have made movies more vivid, clearer, and realistic. Moving picture technology is often used in conjunction with other forms of media in the creation of motion pictures. For example, one type of special-effects is the use of green screen. This is often used when filming a film that involves some subject that must be covered up during filming. Green screens can be purchased or rented from local stores, and they come in various sizes and shapes.
Another type of special-effects used in motion pictures is lighting. This is often used to enhance the appearance of the subject or the scene in the film. Lighting comes in many different forms and types. For example, the lighting in the movies most often comes in the form of bulbs or light rays that are reflected off of surfaces. These reflected lights create the eerie lighting effect most familiar with motion pictures.