Focal Press Book: The Visual Effects Producer, Understanding the Art & Business of VFX

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Focal Press Book: The Visual Effects Producer, Understanding the Art & Business of VFX


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  • Authors: Charles Finance, Susan Zwerman
  • Paperback: 388 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780240812632
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The Visual Effects Producer, Understanding the Art & Business of VFX, was written by two experts in the field who have years of experience in visual effects. This total and comprehensive guide provides not only tips and techniques but also detailed interviews with successful Hollywood VFX producers about their career paths and how they got to where they are now.

Taking you from pre to post production, this helpful guide includes information on budgeting, scheduling and universal techniques in addition to forms you can use for your own projects.

About the Authors
Charles Finance: Visual Effects Producer for George of the Jungle, The Arrival, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Dune.
Susan Zwerman: Hollywood VFX Producer, credits include The Guardian, Alien Resurrection, Men of Honor, and Broken Arrow.


Part I: Visual Effects in Review

  • Chapter 1: The "Good" Old Days: Visual Effects before Computers
  • Chapter 2: Digital Effects: The 15 Minute Version

Part II: Preproduction and Prep

  • Chapter 3: Who You Gonna Call? The VFX Team
  • Chapter 4: Basic VFX Technologies and Equipment
  • Chapter 5: Breakdowns
  • Chapter 6: Scheduling & Budgeting Production Support
  • Chapter 7: Budgeting the Effects
  • Chapter 8: The VFX Bible and Database

Part III: Production

  • Chapter 9: On-Set Operations
  • Chapter 10: On-Set References
  • Chapter 11: Operating Independently: The Visual Effects Unit on its Own
  • Chapter 12: Models & Miniatures

Part IV: Postproduction of Visual Effects

  • Chapter 13: The New Digital Workflow
  • Chapter 14: Getting a Handle on VFX Editorial
  • Chapter 15: Integrating VFX Shots with the Postproduction Schedule
  • Chapter 16: Postproduction Scheduling Issues
  • Chapter 17: Changes & Approvals
  • Chapter 18: Crossing the Finish Line

Part V: Business Affairs - Operating the Visual Effects Department

  • Chapter 19: Legal Matters
  • Chapter 20: Working Overseas

Appendix A: Movie Magic VFX Budget
Appendix B: Crew Deal Memo
Appendix C: Technical Information
Appendix D: Glossary
Appendix E: Bibliography / References

Subject Film, Video & TV Production
Author Charles Finance, Susan Zwerman
Format Paperback
Pages 388
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number 9780240812632
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 28, 2009
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