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Special Effects: Anything Can Happen

Special Effects: Anything Can Happen
Directed by Ben Burtt
Produced by Susanne Simpson
Written by Susanne Simpson
Ben Burtt
Tom Friedman
Narrated by John Lithgow
Edited by Ben Burtt
Distributed by IMAX Corporation
Release dates
Running time
40 min.
Country USA
Language English

Special Effects: Anything Can Happen is an American documentary film directed by Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and narrated by John Lithgow. It was released to IMAX theaters in 1996.


This documentary film is an exploration of special effects techniques used in motion pictures, including traditional special effects up to modern computer generated effects. It is also notable for featuring the making of the new digital effects created for the special edition version of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which was released to theaters one year later in 1997.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short,[1] but lost to Breathing Lessons.

See also


  1. "NY Times: Special Effects: Anything Can Happen". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 

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