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Inventive Solutions: John Dykstra talks about the art of creating visual effects

19 July 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“The computer has become overwhelming,” states John Dykstra (Star Wars) who was lauded this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society.    “It’s a double-edged sword.  The really good aspect of it is you can build an image a pixel at a time and include enough accuracy in the construction to make it indistinguishable from the real one.  The negative part of that is you also have to be selective about what you create.  Just because you can do it doesn’t mean that you should.  The idea that everything is done on one tool to a certain extent has also taken some of the fun out of it.”  Dykstra received a Scientific and Engineering Award at the 1978 Academy Awards along with Al Miller and Jerry Jeffress for inventing the first digital motion-control camera system called Dykstraflex.  “The idea that the technology necessary to achieve the »

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