This movie tome compilling eveything you need to know about movie effects(and probably some you don't)is simply fascinating.To any film fan,casual or addicted there is something for eveyone.
It starts with a brief(about 100 pages)history of effects houses and the early start of cinema,from the lumiere's Trip to the Moon you begin to get a sense of the art behind what seems like nothing but techno-wizardry nowadays. Who would have thought that people would run screaming out of a cinema in 1896 because they thought a train was 'coming out of the screen'!
Simpler times...but this book goes far beyond the ordinary...it tells you HOW to do these effects,not condemning effects to the vagueness of featurettes on summer blockbusters today.
My favourite thing here is Rickitt's ability to tell it like it is, yes he can get a bit in-depth when discussing multi-compositing green screen elements,but doesn't hide the fact that movies and their awe-inspiring effects are made to do one thing...rake in the dosh from the punters. For this reason I believe it to serve as both a instruction manual and enjoyable read.
I would like to see a volume 2 on the horizon,with effects analysed from movies like Transformers, POTC and Ghostbusters(how did they make Slimer slimy?!)
P.S.Try the 'Vertigo' Hitchcock shot,it's so easy you can do it on your mobile!