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I remember watching Animusic videos on PBS in the early 2000s. I was always vaguely fascinated by them, even though the graphics looked kind of cheesy. I like the idea that every single note in the composition is supposed to be produced by a specific collision, like a ball bouncing on a percussion instrument. Also, where is this supposed to be taking place? Weird pneumatic pipe/music room? Imagination land? Who knows.
If you watched Pacific Rim, you’d know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And although ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro’s Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue.
Oh man. Incredible effects, a cast of hundreds and CGI that will blow your mind makes the trailer for this Star Wars fan film something really special. If only it wasn’t completely ruined by Australians. Welcome to Star Wars Down Under.
Nymphomaniac, a movie directed by Lars von Trier (he did Melancholia), will use a groundbreaking digital editing technique to show graphic sex scenes on the screen. For the non-explicit portions of the sex scenes, you’ll see celebrities and actors you recognise. For the penetrative portion, you’ll see the body doubles doing it.
For as advanced and as lifelike as CGI effects have become over the last decade, physical props are still the bedrock of modern special effects — especially in movies about a guy in a robotic suit. Gizmodo recently sat down with two of Iron Man 3‘s effects masters, Shane Patrick Mahan and Lindsay MacGowan of Legacy Effects, who have worked on the groundbreaking effects of classic films like Terminator 2, Avatar and Monster Squad, as well as Chris Townsend, the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor, to find out how much of Iron Man is really real. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have developed a new type of motion capture system that doesn’t require the live action performers to wear those skintight body suits covered in cumbersome tracking markers. And the typical 360-degree array of infrared sensors capturing their movements can be reduced to just a handful of strategically placed video cameras.
New tumblr alert: Before VFX. It’s a revealing collection of pictures that show what movies look like before any sort of visual effects are added. This basically means it makes every movie, even Oscar-worthy movies, look completely ridiculous. The magic of the movies!