20 credits at level HE5
This module provides a background and context to a variety of sectors of the Effects industries through brief but in depth tutorials and support in the following areas:
Effects Prosthetics and Make up,
Pyrotechnics for Effects;
Animatronic Design and Development.
One of these areas is chosen by the student and is developed alongside a core thread of the History of Effects which informs the student’s idea of the context and prior art of the effects industry.
On completion of this module, students will:
• Develop an understanding of the historical background to the Effects industries
• Be able to research (including first hand testimony where possible), compare and contrast the work of current practitioners with their predeccesors
• Be exposed to industry practice, techniques and approaches.
The module is structured to bring the above mentioned understanding up-to-date with the use of contemporary methods and the role that traditional techniques now hold within the Effects industries. Key stages, by topic, include:
History of Effects
Early Pioneers of Special Effects: On-Stage Magic and Early Film Effect; Fantasy and Trick Films of the Early Twentieth Century; Virtual Landscapes: Traditional Matte Painting to Modern Digital Mattes; and other appropriate historical achievements, practitioners and technologies.
Make up for Effects
Health, safety and hygiene; Artist preparation, exploring special effect material and adhesives, application and removal techniques. Basic direct modelled special effects such as Bruising, swollen tissues, lacerations, burns and grazing. Research and design; Two part mould making, sculpting appliances and bald caps.
Pyrotechnics and explosive for effects
Health and Safety Explosives and firework legislation, transport and storage of explosives, planning for pyrotechnics within a shot, pyrotechnics in practice, energetic materials, detonation, delay, control systems, initiation. Security and operation of on set pyrotechnics.
Mechanical systems, Pneumatic and hydraulic systems, Electrical systems, Digital control systems. Basic animatronic system models, Computer techniques for control, hardware and software of a control system. Communication systems, data transmission methods and interfaces. Case studies of Animatronics solution, design and apply Animatronics systems
The module aims to give students proficient knowledge of the many techniques that are used by visual effects artists and computer animators, incorporating the historical context of these early effects and examining their evolution to current industry practice.
These aims will be developed through 2 assessment tasks, outlined further below:
Assessment task 1 will be based around the History of Effects content and will take the form of a report researching and analysing the work of a special effects pioneer, charting key breakthroughs, developments, etc. and comparing that to the work of a current practitioner.
Assessment task 2 will take the form of an assessment for the individual specialist skill. This will be an integrative assignment with based around the practical implementation of the skills. The exception will be the Pyrotechnics topic area where, for Health and Safety reasons, the practical work will not be assessed and the assessment will be a theoretical work based upon industry practice.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||research and analyse the historical background of Special Effects and their relation to modern techniques||Demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical significance of key SFX advancements|
|2.||deconstruct and critique special effects development techniques||Deconstruct and critique SFX development techniques for a current and historical SFX developer|
|3.||understand the application of a set of FX skills within the chosen topic||Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a set of skills in the chosen topic area|
|4.||reflect upon and evaluate the techniques employed in the chosen area.||Show reflection and evaluation of the chosen FX techniques|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An essay researching and comparing the work of a special effects pioneer and a modern practitioner||Assignment demonstrating the planning and implementation techniques for the chosen effects area.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Netzley, P.D () Encyclopedia of Movie Special Effects. ISBN 0816044929
Rickitt, R () Special Effects: The History and Techniques. ISBN 0823077330
Brizony, P () Digital Domain: The Leading Edge of Visual Effects. ISBN 0823079287
Smith, T.G () Industrial Light and Magic: The Art of Special Effects. ISBN 0345322630
Cotta Vaz, M & Duignan, P.R () Industrial Light and Magic: Into the Digital Realm. ISBN 0345381521
Cotta Vaz, M & Barron, C () The Invisible Art: Legends of Matte Painting. ISBN 0811831361
W Bolton (2003) "Mechatronics", Pearson Education, Prentice Hall
S E Lyshevski (1999) " Electromechanical systems, Electric machines, and Applied mechatronics", CRC Press
T Ball (1997) "GNVQ advanced electrical and electronic engineering", Cheltenham : Stanley Thornes
C Robertson (2001) "Fundamental electrical and electronic principles", Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann
B Hamrock (1999) "Fundamentals of machine elements", London : McGraw Hill
M Tooley (1994) "PC-based instrumentation and control", Oxford : Newnes
W Shay (2004) "Understanding data communications and networks", London : Brooks/Cole
M S Russell: The Chemistry of Fireworks, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (2000).
P White Crime Scene to Court - The Essentials of Forensic Science, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (1998).
N Faith Blaze - The Forensics of Fire, Channel 4 Books, UK (1999).
R A Cooke and R H Ide Principles of Fire Investigation, Institution of Fire Engineers, Leicester 1996.
John A. Conkling: Pyrotechnics. Scientific American, July 1990, 96.
John A. Conkling: The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics. Marcel Dekker, Inc, 1985.
K.L. Kosanke: The Physics, Chemistry and Perception of Colored Flames. Part I: Pyrotechnica VII, 5 (1981). Part II: Pyrotechnica IX, 42 (1984). (Pyrotechnica is a serial published by Pyrotechnica Publications).
Takeo Shimizu: Fireworks - The Art, Science and Technique. Second Edition. Pyrotechnica Publications, 1988.
Make up component
Brown III, W H. (Foreword), Johnson, John J.J. (February 1996) Cheap Tricks and Class Acts: Special Effect, Makeup and Stunts from the Fantastic '50s. McFarland & Company. ISBN: 0786400935.
Savini, T (January 1983)Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects from the Films of Tom Savini. Imagine. ISBN: 0911137009.
Kehoe, V (February 1991) Special Make-up Effects. Focal Press. ISBN: 0240800990.
Swinfield, R (March 2001) Stage Makeup Step by Step: The Complete Guide to Basic Makeup, Planning and Designing Makeup, Adding and Reducing Age, Ethnic Makeup, Special Effects, Makeup for Film and Television. Betterway Books. ISBN: 155870390X.
Vinther, J (October 2003) Special Effects Make-up: For Film and Theatre (Special Effects) A & C Black. ISBN: 0713667478.
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