Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual F/X or VFX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shoot. Visual effects involve the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture on film. Visual effects using computer generated imagery has recently become accessible to the Independent filmmaker with the introduction of affordable animation and compositing software.
Visual effects are often integral to a movie's story and appeal. Although most visual effects work is completed during post-production, it usually must be carefully planned and choreographed in pre-production and production. Visual effects are designed and edited in Post-Production, with the use of graphic design, modeling, animation and similar software, while special effects are made on set, such as explosions, car chases and so on. A visual effects supervisor is usually involved with the production from an early stage to work closely with production and the film's director to achieve the desired effects.
Visual effects may be divided into at least four categories:
- Models: miniature sets and models, animatronics, stop motion animation.
- Matte paintings and stills: digital or traditional paintings or photographs which serve as background plates for keyed or rotoscoped elements.
- Live-action effects: keying actors or models through bluescreening and greenscreening.
- Digital animation: modeling, computer graphics lighting, texturing, rigging, animating, and rendering computer-generated 3D characters, particle effects, digital sets, backgrounds.
- Digital effects (commonly shortened to digital FX or FX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated with or from photographic assets. Digital effects often involve the integration of still photography and computer generated imagery (CGI) in order to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture in camera. FX is usually associated with the still photography world in contrast to visual effects which is associated with motion film production.
See also 
Further reading 
- The VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures, Jeffrey A. Okun & Susan Zwerman, Publisher: Focal Press 2010
External links 
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The current film tax relief has been highly successful in recent years at supporting investment and production in the UK film sector, with productions such as Harry Potter and Inception providing significant opportunities for UK visual effects companies.
Mon, 20 May 2013 06:57:24 -0700
Making movies: Hollywood Dean Wright on his faith and work in visual effects. By Christian Today - Crossmap On May 20, 2013. (Photo: Dean Wright). Dean Wright on the set of For Greater Glory. Text size: Small · Medium · Large. Email; Share · Print ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 21:22:33 -0700
People gather in the lobby of the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield on Wednesday for a premiere of 'Ra.One,' a Bollywood box-office smash in India. Jeff Kleiser, a Williamstown resident and founder of Synthespian Studios, was the visual effects supervisor on ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 15:44:49 -0700
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Thu, 09 May 2013 11:45:02 -0700
The stop-motion animator and visual-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen died this week, at 92. He worked in a down-market corner of the trade, creating monsters and mythical beasts for cheesy sci-fi and sword-and-sandal films. He was the closest thing ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 13:22:40 -0700
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Tue, 07 May 2013 10:38:51 -0700
Visual Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92. 10:37 AM PDT 5/7/2013 by Duane Byrge. 2K. 274. 16. 18. 31. Email; Print. Comments. Ray Harryhausen. Stop-motion legend developed many of the techniques that have become today's industry standards.
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