Historically the optical printer
was the primary device for creating visual special effects on film.
The film was then converted to 35-millimetre format by photographing each frame with an optical printer
On the far left we watch a reel of film, sprocket holes and all, being run through an optical printer
. The printer is always either too fast or too slow to create the illusion of motion between its frames, resulting in either a slideshow-like movement from image to image, or an unrecognizable blur.
And here's something for the film trivia buffs: Michael Hordern wasn''t on set when the scenes of Marley''s ghost were filmed - he was added in later using an optical printer
Reeves plays her optical printer
like a virtuoso, though sheer volume of material makes work a tough slog for the uninitiated or resistant.
Created with a rear-screen optical printer
and mattes cut out of construction paper, A Man Whose Life Was Full of Woe has a rough, ecstatic collage quality.
The company has also invented a new type of optical printer
which it calls the 3DstructureWriter and it is interested in working with a development partner to refine and use this Writer.
for the engineering excellence and the impact on the motion picture industry of the Imagica 65/35 Multi-Format Optical Printer
He is noted for the Acme-Dunn Special Effects Optical Printer
, the first factory-made standardized effects printer; which he and longtime associate Cecil Love designed in 1942.
He spends hours rephotographing and layering images using only his camera and optical printer
. Before he purchased the optical printer
, he experimented with replicating the effect using various methods to rephotograph the footage.
I would like to add some important information regarding Cybernetics Industrial Corp's optical printers
, following the article in your May issue.
The procedures that O'Neill had used in a professional career that included work on Star Wars (whose success in 1977 inspired the revival of special effects in Hollywood) and which he had also turned to a uniquely personal avant-garde expressivity demanded hours of tedious manual labor; now they could be performed overnight on Final Cut Pro, and once-prized optical printers
were stacked on pallets for the wreckers.