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Learn English: Meaning of Special Effects

Date: Feb 08 2019

Themes: Tech

Intro

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Today’s action movies are full of scenes that feel out of this world. Filmmakers use mind-blowing special effects that are designed on computers to take us to different worlds.

Lily loves how CGI can be used in movies to create a fantasyland, but Jessica doesn’t see why it’s so great. Learn more in today’s English lesson about movie making.

Vocab

action movie n.

Definition

Example My favorite action movie is The Avengers.

out of this world expr.

Definition

Example This chocolate cake is out of this world!

fantasyland n.

Definition

Example New York is a fantasyland for people who like to shop. There are thousands of stores in the city.

mind blowing adj.

Definition

Example It's mind blowing how much money professional soccer players earn.

CGI n.

Definition

Example The action movie had a lot of CGI. None of that could have happened in real life.

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Discussion

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Do you like special effects in films? What’s your favorite film with special effects?

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diegocanarte

Colombia

I like the terminator saga

04:27 PM Feb 11 2019 |

Press1

Press1

Aruba

I’ve recently watched Velvet Buzzsaw. The plot fascinated me because I also enjoy a good piece of contemporary art. It’s a satirical thriller with some bloody special effects. Was a bit creepy before bedtime.

02:48 PM Feb 11 2019 |

mansoormansoory

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like romance and social movies. I think special effects will give movies a better fiction situation. I think more fiction or fable situation more viewers attraction a movie have.


Mansoor

10:12 AM Feb 10 2019 |

lizaolamaribel@yahoo.comSuper Member!

United States

I like movies base on real stories.I do not like action movies.

09:30 AM Feb 10 2019 |

fxarrufatSuper Member!

Spain

I think action movies are good for distract yourself and have a good time, but I prefer comedies, thrillers and drama.

01:22 PM Feb 09 2019 |

dawod

dawod

Afghanistan

I like real movies special effects are not good

04:00 PM Feb 08 2019 |

bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes I do but this kind of movies are not my favorite!!


I think “The shape of water” was a good one!

07:21 PM Feb 07 2019 |

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yuminaga

yuminagaSuper Member!

China

I like  traditional movie-making but also moives with a lot of special effects ,like Star war ,Terminator or something its really mind-blowing you cant even tell whhen what’s special efects  or what’s  real .thank you for the technology that make viewers to see and experience things that cant happen in real world or any other way .interstellar is one of my favorite fim with speacial effects , in outer space  a human floatinng ,wow you cant believe your eyes  Im more open-minded with things like that .

12:10 AM Feb 07 2015 |

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tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

julito,


Oh, now I’ve got it. For my friend’s cat a sofa, wallpapers, tapestries and carpets are cat scratchers ))).


P.S. Let’s return to our muttons (instead of cats). Otherwise we’ll soon forget what this lesson is about )))

09:40 PM Feb 05 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

@Tarita, we all know that cats are very naughty , they like to sharpen their nails against our best funiture ,thus ruining them . The partial solution could be to  buy a  ” cat scratcher”, they are made of fabrics . You may have a better idea if you go online and browse for cat scratchers ”.  hope that my info help.  bye.bye

09:27 PM Feb 05 2015 |

tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

julitoI don’t know what is that scratcher, my dictionary doesn’t contain that word :(


It seems like our cat has eclipsed famous actors’ fame. It’s because he is knitting, and many actors can’t do that :)


You can’t say the film with a knitting cat is straightforward!

09:14 PM Feb 05 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

@Tarita. why not a red carpet scratcher  ,Oscar will surely love it !!!

02:18 PM Feb 05 2015 |

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tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

ola33, You may take either a red carpet or just a red cat litter :D


I suppose  the name of your cat is Oscar, after that famous American guy, isn’t it?


Action!

01:53 PM Feb 05 2015 |

Julie3

Julie3

Russian Federation

It’s a very interesting lesson and a topic for discussion. Tastes differ :)


straight forward or fantasyland movies, to my mind the most important is the story itself. The plot and the performance of the actors. I guess it’s even harder to be an actor in the full of special effects film as the actor has to work with smth he or she doesn’t see, touch and feel…but at the moment he or she has to show the emotions or actions the director put at this or that definite part of the movie.


I watched Interstellar and I felt bored and hardly could help sleeping…very long and very unrealistic. I love science fiction but this movie is quite specific to me – I didn’t get the idea of black holes which keep the time moments and u can get back to any moment of ur past, to change ur future and the things like that. And I don’t mention about the space traveling, time perception, living on the other planet  with limited food\water\oxigen supply…


I like “Starship troopers” and dspite it was released in late 90-s the special effects are awesome and still look real. Not like the “Terminator I” :))))

02:16 AM Feb 05 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

tar1ta :))  yes, now I will have a new look at my cat, He’s gonna be a movie star! :)) Red carpet for him!:))

08:22 PM Feb 04 2015 |

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Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

Narnia : childisly but wonderful fairytale..its so nice it has happy ending) 


Avatar : journey in people’s dreams to fantastic land and blue people country :) 


Jurassic Park : especially part I was so good ,to see creatures ,living before millions years was unbelievable..


Life of Pi  : story of a tiger and a boy in a boat ,in the huge ocean :)

07:22 PM Feb 04 2015 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

from Stars wars to Matrix, from Avatar to Lord of Rings ,I like special effects on the movies ..maybe its far away from real life and real stories but sometimes we need to see  different things,creatures and places :) 

07:09 PM Feb 04 2015 |

ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

I cannot say I prefer raditional ones or the ones with special effects. It depends. Sometimes special effects make the movie more realistic, sometimes unrealistic. It depends on how they use it.


For me, the best movie with special effects is Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs were really ealistic in that move. In three of them. But there is an upcoming movie “Jurassic World” and I was really very excited to see this movie till I read speacial effects made dinosaurs look unrealistic in that movie. 


07:04 PM Feb 04 2015 |

tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

ola33to judge by your avatar, your cat is starring in some action movie with special effects :D


So let’s call your film… “Avatar”.

03:49 PM Feb 04 2015 |

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Publicistina

Spain

I prefer special effects, we aré in the 21st century.

03:47 PM Feb 04 2015 |

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