SPECIAL EFFECTS ANIMATION. Made with computer effects that go on in the editing process known as CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Effects or Visual Effects – Special Effects instead.
But in the CGI there are other terms that might be a little confusing, that is, Special Effects Animation.
Special Effects Animation is a branch of the animation (which is a function of the CGI scope.)
This field is specialized to make all the moving objects, except the characters. For characters, this field is called Character Animation.
Special Effects Animation can make objects ranging from cars, buildings, rain, wind, fire, lasers, water and other natural phenomena.
So, when you use 3D software to create certain effects, say you’re making Special Effects Animation. But after these effects are integrated in the film in post production, the result is you’re making Visual Effects.