Smoke and Mirrors - Special Visual Effects B.C. (Before Computers) (Paperback)
Visit the realms of The Twilight Zone, journey to The Outer Limits and boldly go on a Star Trek Read how motion picture and TV special effects were created before computers From Lon Chaney to Ray Harryhausen, from Georges Melies to George Lucas, meet the multi-talented magicians-many of whom never received screen recognition-who invented ways to conjure up ferocious dinosaurs battling a giant ape in King Kong or the catastrophic natural disasters in Earthquake. They brought people uncomfortably close to Boris Karloff's Frankenstein and the fanciful, beloved Wizard of Oz. During WWII they gave home audiences a taste of distant warfare without risking any actors and in the 1950s they introduced us to destructive invaders from other worlds - without a real national landmark being destroyed. Dozens of rare, unpublished behind-the-scenes photos from classic films and obscure productions reveal the best kept secret tricks of the trade: miniatures, matte paintings, makeup effects, special props, mechanicals, animatronics, stop-motion and more.