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Questions about the use of "special effects", such as those produced with computers or optical trickery.

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How were the lightsaber effects done in Star Wars?

According to Wookieepedia, the the props are made of wood. Also, due to the brittleness of the stunt blades used during this fight, which were little more than wooden dowels, Diamond was forced ...
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Is the sphere or bubble of pure force overused in scifi movies? [closed]

It seems that every time I see a movie with a character who either has the power of telekinesis or a force field of some sort that they almost always manifest it as a sphere or bubble of force. I'm ...
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How were the planets in the original Star Trek built?

I've been watching the old Star Trek again for the first time in 20 years or more. I am really impressed with the appearance of the ship in space, but more so I am impressed with the appearance of ...
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Early 90s YA novel about a kid into special FX who meets an (animatronic, yet possibly alive) dragon

All i can remember are a few specifics, would love to rediscover the title. Haven't been able to Google up anything. The kid (~13) made special effects models as a hobby (only one i can remember is ...
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What inspired the Praxis effect?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country an over mined moon explodes resulting in a flat shockwave emanating out into space. It's been commented this has no bearing in real astronomy, dispite being ...
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Where is the Shoe in the Space Battle in “Return of the Jedi?”

I've read, in many places, and heard in interviews, that while filming the Battle of Endor sequence in Return of the Jedi that in the "It's a trap!" scene, when an overwhelming number of Imperial ...