Special Effects

Trick Photography

Friday, January 10, 2014

Do you remember the phrase "trick photography"? I do. Anyone who came of age south of the digital imaging revolution does. "Trick photography" is the catchall phrase we used to use to descibe a still photograph that was either obviously manipulated or one that beckoned us to suspend our disbelief.

"Photoshop" is now the root of all catch phrases used to described hyper-photorealistic or photosurrealistic photography.


The whiz-bang effects showcased in movies such as Gravity are created by weaving seemingly endless strands of zeros and ones. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has attained a level of visual sophistication far exceeding anything a movie director could have imagined even back when Star Wars startled audiences nearly forty years ago. 

As a kid growing up in the 60s, the1953 movie War of the Worlds scared the s#*t out of me. In its day, it wowed audiences with state-of-the-art special effects. The scene with the street light in the picture above is a tip o' the hat to the menacing cobra-head Martian war machines that appeared in that 1953 flick.

Another Version: Tip O' the Hat to Stephen King



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