• Modern Ways of Prototyping

    Modern Ways of Prototyping

    Even if in the history of cinematography models very skilled technicians were working by hand, modern times have generated alternative ways of building very detailed maquettes for movie sets. These are achieved with the help […]

     
  • Maquette Builders

    Maquette Builders

    Maquettes are small scale models which illustrate in three dimensions a scale model of a model that is to appear in a movie. They can be filmed using special techniques, such as the Schüfftan Effect. […]

     
  • Computer Generated Imagery

    Computer Generated Imagery

    Computer Generated Imagery, or simply CGI, is the ultimate invention of the modern era that directors and technicians in the movie industry use to produce appealing visual scenery. The visual scenes might be flat or […]

     
  • The Miniature Effect

    The Miniature Effect

    Scale models are used to create the miniature effect motion pictures and television. They are usually combined with matte shots or high speed photography, in order to create a gravitational effect, which makes the scene […]

     
  • Chroma Key Composition, AKA Green Screen

    Chroma Key Composition, AKA Green Screen

    The green or blue screen effect is widely used in modern cinematography for generating compositions with two video streams. The technique relies on the color hue, or chroma range, hence the chroma key naming. It […]

     
  • The Matte Effect

    The Matte Effect

    The Matte effect is the evolution of the Schüftan effect. It is used to combine one or more images into a single, final shot. It is mainly used to introduce the shots of the actors […]

     
  • The Schüfftan Effect

    The Schüfftan Effect

    Eugen Schüfftan was the inventor of the process now known with his name, the ancestor of the travelling matte and the bluescreen effect. It was used mainly in the first half of the 20th century, […]

     
  • Special Effects Make-up

    Special Effects Make-up

    Special effects make-up, prosthetic makeup or FX prosthesis are the tricks that make-up artists use to create the illusion of advanced cosmetic effects. These techniques involve sculpting, molding and casting, helping actors look like monsters, […]