This blog is proud to unveil the bare bones of its newest addition. The Bibliography page, which you can find by following this link, or by selecting ‘Bibliography’ at the top of the main page, will gather references to print and online texts related to the study of special and visual effects in cinema. We have started adding some bibliographic references, and one or two weblinks, and will add more as and when we get the chance. The organisation of the list, and the subject headings, may change as we accumulate more references, and any suggestions on how we can make it clearer and easier to use would be greatly appreciated. Should we, for instance, expand the scope into areas such as television studies or pre-cinematic visual media, optical illusions, etc.?
It is hoped that the list will keep on expanding, and we invite contributions from anybody interested in this area. You can either add comments directly at the bottom of the page, or email us at email@example.com. We’ll find a way to credit you for your contribution at the bottom of the page, and together we can work towards the most complete, extensive, and freely accessible Special Effects bibliography possible.
Mike, Dan and Bob are currently making final decisions on the running order for the anthology. This is not an easy process. We received dozens of abstracts, and while we’d love to keep them all, the resulting book would stretch to several volumes, and none of us could afford to buy it. We’re trying to create a coherent collection of essays that complement and speak to each other, without sacrificing the delightful diversity that has reached our inbox since we put out our Call for Papers late last year.
We’ve attracted a mixture of established scholars (some of the biggest names in the field, we should say) and new researchers, so we’ll try and preserve that mix as far as possible. Hopefully we’ll be in a position to reveal the line-up soon.
We’d like to invite those whose essays we just can’t fit into the printed collection to submit versions of their papers to this blog. We plan to flesh out this site as we go along, compiling an extensive bibliography on the subject of special effects, plus links and shorter relevant articles. Essays hosted on this site will be closely associated with the main collection, fully reviewed and edited by the book’s editors, and they’ll even have the chance to incorporate more multimedia content than printed essays. Of course, you might want to take your essay to another anthology or journal for publication. But we’d love to have you here, as well. We’re hoping that this site to grow into an online hub for supporting, developing and launching the book, and this can be where some of the ensuing dialogue and discussion takes place: these essays will inspire and provoke, and we want to draw together some of the debates that follow.
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