Saturday, March 27, 2010

Special effects

I was planning to use "blue-screen" mattes as training data for my computer vision algorithms, and as I was reading up on the history of matting, it occurred to me I had seen this all before: special effects are a pre-digital way of doing things that really ought to be done digitally. It has that same marvelous haphazard cobbled together feel that all the pre-electronic information processing devices did, which are so lovely because you can see how all the parts work, just by looking at them carefully.

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