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Special effects in science-fiction film

Author(s): Dimiter Kabaivanov
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Special effects are „moments of radically cinematographic nature” for these are seeking to represent unreality as realistically as possible. We admire special effects due both to their fantastic content and their striking implementation on screen. Paradoxical as it might seem, they proclaim cinema’s power, taming our imagination at the expense of visualisation, such visualisation that using cameras makes a show of the imaginary images. Pleasure of a film is especially greater thanks to special effects in which a viewer indulges voluntarily. This stunning interdependency underlies more often than not the stories of films. Viewers much like the characters of the movies are unable to figure out which is real and which is a fantasy and consequently, are unaware of whether they embark on an adventure or become part of a programme set in advance. Special effects turn viewers to the visual impact of cinema, thus bringing the principles of perception to the fore. Fantasizing about progress suggests to be deeply steeped in an artificial technological environment, evidencing the ability of films to include what is beyond the scope of particular objects. Now editing of attractions is replaced with editing of special effects, which is almost the same. Arguably, Hollywood has declared war on images and is trying in a peculiar manner to make a comeback to the utopia of the 1920s of „cinematography as violence” (Eisenstein ).

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 40-45
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian