Visual Effects is the term used to describe any imagery created, altered or enhanced that cannot be accomplished during live action shooting. The three main reasons filmmakers use Visual Effects are when the real thing is too expensive, too dangerous or too impossible to capture on camera. For example, Visual Effects can be a more practical and economical choice when representing a massive army of soldiers. Sometimes the narrative calls for actors to be in life-threatening situations, like hanging off of a tall building by a few fingers. And other times Visual Effects are used to depict entire fantasy worlds that simply don’t exist.

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Visual Effects as Narrative Art

Mike Fink

Kortschak Family Endowed Division Chair in Film and Television Production

USC School of Cinematic Arts

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art