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Optical printing and title design

by Critical Commons Manager

The art of optical printing was among the first casualties of digital visual effects in the 1990s and 2000s. While some stalwart practitioners such as experimental filmmaker (and sometime Hollywood effects artist) Pat O'Neill continue to innovate and merge optical and digital effects, the one-time ubiquity of sequences such as this to create visual spectacle have become a thing of the past. The use of negative imagery, loop-printing and heavy color filters also serve to conceal irregularities in action choreography.

Optical printing in the title design for The Doll Squad

The Doll Squad title sequence uses garishly filtered negative images and optical printing to set the stage for psychedelic adventure

from The Doll Squad (1973)
Creator: Ted V. Mikels
Distributor: Cult Cinema Collection DVD
Posted by Critical Commons Manager