Essay heading: A Look at Special Effects throughout History

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Dawn, Hollywood's first special effects man, invented some new techniques (Rickitt 17). One technique Dawn pioneered was the glass shot; Whereby scenery could be altered or extended on film by the use of highly detailed paintings. The technique was typically used to add height to studio sets that were only built one or two storeys high (17)...
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He also invented the in-camera shot which enabled filmed scenery to be combined with paintings (17). Before the 1920's sound did not play a big role in movies, but that soon changed in 1927 with The Warner Brothers The Jazz Singer (Dirks, 3). With the company in financial trouble this was the last attempt to save The Warner Brothers company, apparently fired the public imagination and signaled that the "talkie" was here to stay (Rickitt 19)...
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