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History of Special Effects Techniques (1910-1930)

Between 1910 to the twenties the Matte shot by Norman Dawn was improved drastically changing how special effects were done. The art of the Matte show (Dawn shot) is using a painting background as a substitute of what would now be a CGI environment.

Later in history however still in the early 1900’s more techniques such as the Pepper’s Ghost came into play this was what was to become the most advanced special effect of its time in the film industry. At the Pepper’s ghost technique is an illusion it could also be considered as animation. What this technique involves is using glass and other materials such as plastic film and light to make things appear visible and then disappear. This technique was also useful for deforming objects.

Feature image/Information sourced from :

http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/376496/print-theatre-performance-of-pepper-s-ghost-showing-audience-production-of-illusion-circa-1860-1900    04/12/2013

http://community.digitalmediaacademy.org/tag/peppers-ghost     04/12/2013

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This entry was posted on December 4, 2013 by in Design Discourse Two, Effects Animation, Essay Writing, Research and tagged .
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