Special Effects

Special effects have come along way since the spectacular illusions of Georges Melies. Young filmmakers learn about the three major types of special effects: mechanical or practical effects, optical effects, and computer-generated imagery.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals keep a list of topics and technologies mentioned that they would like to explore in greater depth
  • Ask learners to attempt some of the special effects mentioned in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • The 11th episode in the Crash Course "Film: History, Production, and Criticism" playlis
Pros

  • Includes clips from films to illustrate the various effects
Cons

  • Some viewers may be overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the narration; pause the video frequently to permit questions and notetaking
Common Core