Special Effects Seance

Thursday 23rd June, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (, repeated on Tuesday 28th June, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.

Tonight we explore the history and science behind the special effects industry in cinema, focusing especially on their use in science fiction, fantasy and horror films. How has the predominance of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) effected the old style ‘analogue’ visual effects, of previous years, and is CGI necessarily better? How do special effects add to, or detract, from the plot, narrative, themes and aesthetics of a given film and is their overabundance in modern cinema a problem for good storytelling? We will discuss these issues and more, and look at the most iconic special effects sequences, in movie classics such as 2001, A Space Odyssey, The Thing, Jason and the Argonauts, The Matrix, plus directors like George Melies and Douglas Trumbull, to name but a few.

Hosted by James DC, with Ben Slotover and Birgit Deadly Glamour

Clip : Jason and the Argonauts (1963,  Don Chaffey)


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