Quickshots: It’s 40 years since ‘Close Encounters’, but you can see it on the big screen again

Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind was the other big sci-film of 1977. In a year without Star Wars, the film’s effects practitioners would likely have won the visual effects Oscar (they were, of course, nominated). That’s because Close Encounters managed to use miniatures, motion control, optical compositing and even cloud tanks to…