special-effects

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.

Origin:
1940–45

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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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