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    DescriptionThe BBC Visual Effects Department closed its doors in 2003. For almost fifty years it had been responsible for some of television's most iconic images - from exploding newsreaders on Monty Python's Flying Circus to Blake's 7's majestic Liberator sailing through outer space; from the Queen Vic being engulfed in flames in Eastenders to severed heads dripping blood in The Borgias. Using interviews with the effects designers themselves, together with hundreds of concept drawings, production photographs and stills from completed programmes, this book tells the story of the VFX Department and celebrates the work of a group of craftsmen who lived by the mantra, 'If it can be imagined, it can be made...' Working largely before the age of cgi, the Department was responsible for every kind of visual effect, from physical effects such as rain and explosions, to miniatures and models, to sculpture and animatronics. Following a preliminary chapter on effects techniques, the book features in-depth accounts of fifty key shows, representing every genre from sci-fi and drama to comedies and documentaries. In each we see how the designers worked, from receiving the original script to creating the finished effects. There are numerous anecdotes about their tricks of the trade. Find out how the Martian's eyes in Quatermass and the Pit were animated using inflated condoms, and how Mrs Slocombe's infamous pussy was manipulated by remote control. Filled with fascinating insights, wonderful stories and numerous photographs and artworks which have never been published, this is an essential book for FX fans and anyone who loves television


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    Title
    BBC Vfx
    Subtitle
    The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mat Irvine, By (author) Mike Tucker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 240 mm
    Height: 287 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,619 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845135560
    ISBN 10: 1845135563
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: APT
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    Abridged Dewey: 621
    LC classification: TK
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
    BISAC V2.8: PER010030, PER010010, TEC043000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: APFX
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 791.45024
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: ATJ, ATFX
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Mat Irvine left the BBC in 1993 and has been pursuing other projects in the media as writer, producer and director. He worked on Future Fantastic and co-devised both Robot Wars and its spin-off, Techno Games. Along with Mike Tucker he is author of BBC VFX. Mike Tucker originally set up a completely new department within the BBC when the original Visual Effects closed. He now runs his own company, The Model Unit, at Ealing Studios. Along with Mat Irvine he is author of BBC VFX.
    Review quote
    'This book spills so much daylight upon magic, it risks rubbing it out altogether. Great news for nerds.' The Times 'Lavishly illustrated. Four stars ****' SFX