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The Cg Story

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Computer generated imagery, commonly called 'CG, ' has had as big an impact on the movie industry as the advent of sound or colour. Not only has it made possible a new kind of fully animated movie, but it also has revolutionized big-budget, live-action filmmaking. 'The CG Story' is one of determined experimentation and brilliant innovation carried out by a group of gifted, colourful, and competitive young men and women, many of whom would become legendary in the digital worldshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 281.94 x 317.5 x 35.56mm | 2,472.07g
  • Monacelli Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 350 COLOR
  • 1580933572
  • 9781580933575
  • 1,862,284

About Christopher Finch

Christopher Finch, an artist and the author of acclaimed books on popular culture and fine art, lives in southern California. Finch was born on the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel. In the 1960s, after studying painting at Chelsea Art School in London, he began to write about the contemporary art scene for magazines ranging from "Art & Artists" and "Art International" to the British edition of "Vogue." In 1968, he became an associate curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and in the 1970s he resumed his writing career. He is the author of many books, including "The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms and Beyond";" Chuck Close: Work "and" Chuck Close: Life";" Jim Henson: The Works"; and "Norman Rockwell's America."show more

Review quote

"A comprehensive, colorful coffee table tome that delves deeply, but not too geekily, into what is arguably the most momentous change in filmmaking since the advent of sound: digital visual effects. Finch traces the development from the first motion control shot (in 1977's "Star Wars") through the landmark computer-animated Pixar hits ("Toy Story," "The Incredibles") to the latest digitally rendered magic-scapes of "The Hobbit" and "Life of Pi." The book is huge, the images--from movies famous and forgotten--exquisite." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Outstanding book design and a well-told story. "The CG Story" is impressive in scale with many of its pages full-bleed close-ups from the history of computer-generated visual effects, beginning with a proto-computer in 1839(!) through to the state-of-the-art imagery in "Life of Pi," "Cloud Atlas," and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." It's populated with programmers and designers who first had to fight to have their talents recognized by studios and directors; and it's equally devoted to the technological advances in computer science that made the artistry possible." --"Memphis Flyer" "What could be better in the iPad era than a real physical book that gorgeously celebrates the history and technology of computer graphics in the film industry? I couldn't put it down. Every page is a 'oh, I remember that' moment. I would attend such CG milestone movies like "Star Wars" twice: once to sit in the middle of the theater and enjoy the story, and once to sit in the front row and immerse myself in the special effects. This book is a page-turning opportunity to relive that second viewing." --Graphic Speak "A beautifully designed coffee table book with gorgeous layouts and eye-arresting full-color photo spreads. An artist and prolific writer, Finch hasn't penned a critical history but a techno-chronicle important for its detailed account of a movie industry revolution that occurred as the 20th century rashow more

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