special effects

noun Movies, Television.
unusual visual and sound effects beyond the range of normal photography or recording, as simulated fires or earthquakes, explosions, thunder and lightning, miniaturized or enlarged images, or other optical or electronic distortions.


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special effects
pl n
films techniques used in the production of scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques

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Example sentences
Perhaps moviemakers should study a little bit more about this topic instead of
  studying special effects.
The same applies to over-the-top special effects in movies.
The actors are the stars, not the special effects guys.
Put your effort into the science, not special effects.
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