special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects

: visual or sound effects introduced into a motion picture, video recording, or taped television production

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Some of Appleby’s other special effects work includes 2018 Best Picture winner The Shape of Water, It, and the upcoming It Chapter 2. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Titans crew member killed during special effects testing," 18 July 2019 The groundbreaking, photorealistic special effects are truly a sight to behold. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Disney’s live-action ’The Lion King’ is a visual wonder, but also kind of boring," 11 July 2019 This suggestive myth is based in part on the idea that special effects had become much more sophisticated with Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, although still far from the capabilities that the conspiracy theories suppose. Peter Knight, Quartz, "Why so many people believe the moon landing was faked," 11 July 2019 With massive casts, exotic filming locations and copious special effects, budgets have ballooned to amounts once considered unfathomable for a TV show. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Coming to a Streaming Service Near You: Shows Costing as Much as Big-Budget Movies," 10 July 2019 The chef’s kitchen, the prostitute and the powerful boxer are all special effects, empty experiences. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Ivo van Hove’s ‘Mahagonny’ Does Justice to Brecht and Weill," 7 July 2019 What was most noteworthy about it in 1994 (the special effects inserting Tom Hanks’s Gump into historical footage) is today unremarkable, something any kid could do with a smartphone. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Everyone Is Wrong about Forrest Gump," 25 June 2019 Most appeared very low-budget, but no special effects were required to convey the passion patients felt. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics," 14 June 2019 The queuing area is filled with props, digital projections and special effects showing characters such as Arthur Weasley and Hagrid that inform visitors of the journey ahead. Julia Webster, Time, "Harry Potter Fans Wait up to 10 Hours to Ride Universal Orlando’s Newest Roller Coaster," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of special effects

1907, in the meaning defined above

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