When combined with a great story and compelling performances, directors can utilize visual effects to take their films to a level of immersion that was once impossible. Audiences are becoming more and more familiar with visual effects in movies (almost every one of the top grossing films of the last decade have relied on extensive visual effects work); but they are not necessarily familiar with those who are actually responsible for this work.
The new book "Masters of FX" from Focal Press highlights 16 of the visual effects professionals who are among the best in their craft. Each featured person gets about 10-12 pages which discusses 4-5 of their most well known movies. In reading through the book, which highlights the various VFX milestones that these individuals were a part of, it's fascinating to see just how many of these guys were involved in some way with the "Star Wars" movies - Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, etc.
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