special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects

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

Examples of special effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the short snippet, fans are given two viewers of the process: what was recorded and what was released with the help of special effects. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 11 July 2022 Jurassic Park was also your first time working with any type of special effects or animatronics. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 10 June 2022 The 1993 film directed by Steven Spielberg transformed the movie industry with its unprecedented use of special effects. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 10 June 2022 The most ambitious ones incorporate the narrative tricks of Indian soap operas for emotional effect, and deploy the latest technology — steady cams, drones and lots of musical special effects — to create the climax of a techno concert. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 The design of its special effects is the ostensible subject of many of the book’s chapters, vignettes in which bodies both human and machine provide the blueprints for mega-budget illusion. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 Part of this is done with a mix of special effects and deft editing, allowing for flashy footwork or pinpoint passing to mimic the real thing. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Nominated for 15 Israeli Ophir awards, the tech package excels, and includes extensive visual and special effects work. Alissa Simon, Variety, 15 July 2022 Kardashian celebrated North's 9th birthday last month, throwing an epic camping party in the wilderness with friends that featured a special effects makeup class. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of special effects

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Special effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20effects. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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