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CONTENTS: Introduction;Special Effects Design; The Importance of Sound; the Camcorder; Flim cameras; Animation Stand Camerawork; Stop-frame animation; the Computer; Computerised effects -1; Computerised effects -2; Fifty-Fifty mirrors; Mirrored effects; Periscopes; Polysterene fabrication and modelling; Plastic forming machines; Plaster of Paris; Plaster turning; Mould making; Flexible moulds; Latex casting; Glass fibre layups and casting; resin; Matte and Glass shots; Models and miniatures; Action miniatures; Hanging miniatures; Hanging miniatures - Applications 1; hanging Miniatures Applications - 2: Model Landscapes; Model ships; Model seas; Scenic projection; Chroma key: Colour Separation; Overlat; Optical printing; Underwater sequences; Water in the studio; Dry-ice generators; Radar and oscilloscopes; Laboratory and chemical effects; Ray guns and blasters; Robots and monsters; Firing boxes and exploders; Pyrotechnics; Pyrotechnics in the studio; Pyrotechnics in the open; safe studio explosions; Pyrofuses and bullet hits; Bullet effects in scenery; Bullet effects on vases and bottles; Bullet effects in galss and mirrors; Bullet effects on people; Bullet effects using compressed air; Safety precautions; Arrows; Knives; Swords and daggers; Prosthetics; Breaking windows; breaking bottles, crockery and chairs; Breaking and collapsing; Scenery; Lava, quicksand and swamps; Gunge and custard pies; Dirt and decay; Cobwebs; Wind and blizzards; Frost and ice; Snow; Fog and mist; Rain in the studio; Rain in the open; radio control; Remote control; Destruction of automobiles; Automobile crashes; Special lighting devices; projected light effects; Some special plants; Modifying equipment; Photographs on the screen; Sparks and flashes; Scoring devices; Personal equipment.
Reviews of current edition: "A concise and practical introduction... I would recommend this book for all people interested in this fascinating technical aspect of television production." Television Magazine " The text is practical with easy to follow illustrations and diagrams ... it has truly become a compact special effects handbook." Image Technology