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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.
Introduction 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
Acknowledgements Appendix A: Movie Magic VFX Budget Appendix B: Crew Deal Memo Appendix C: Technical Information Appendix D: Glossary Appendix E: Bibliography / References Index
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Film, Video & TV Production
Charles Finance, Susan Zwerman
August 28, 2009
Focal Press Book: The Visual Effects Producer, Understanding the Art & Business of VFX Review