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How The Walking Dead Uses Special Effects To Fake Gory Zombie Kills

Video: The Walking Dead is probably one of the goriest and grossest shows on television because all they do is kill zombies. And although zombies are not real (yet, at least), the blood and gore look real because of all the amazing special effects on the show. Here’s a reel from Stargate Studios showing their best work of VFX on The Walking Dead.


The Special Effects Behind Game Of Thrones' Epic White Walker Battle

The VFX in Game of Thrones is consistently great for a TV show, with some scenes rivaling the very best of any visual medium. And this past season’s battle (or massacre) at Hardhome between the White Walkers and wights vs The Night’s Watch and the wildlings might very well be the best we’ve seen. At the very least, it’s the most visually impressive battle scene the series has given us given all the moving parts. Here’s how they made it.


Video Breaks Down Why Special Effects In Movies Peaked In The '90s

Video: Here’s an interesting video explainer that details why special effects and fancy CGI has ruined movies (or at least, made them less enjoyable). It all feels too fake! Story Brain breaks down how as technology for CGI improved and allowed movie makers to do more with visual effects, our brains interpret it negatively.


It Feels Like These CGI Skin Designers Are Just Trying To Scare Us Now

Hey, how did you sleep last night? Well, I hope you enjoyed it, because tonight you’re going to be wracked with fevered nightmares about a computer animator with an uncanny obsession with reanimating human skin.


A Close Look At The Crazy Interfaces From The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

One of my favourite things about watching movies is seeing the film’s vision of the user interfaces on screens and computers. They’re almost always over the top (like they were in the first Avengers) but I love to imagine that we’ll see all those exploded graphics in our future and pretend that all that information would be intelligible.


Seeing 1.3 Million Particles Get Thrown In A Bowl Is Weirdly Satisfying

Video: Maybe it’s because they look like cheese puffs? I don’t know. But seeing this visual simulation of 1.3 million orange cheese puffy-ish particles get thrown into a bowl and the cascading physics that results because of that thought experiment basically stole my eyeballs for much longer than it should have.


Watching Realistic CGI Giraffes Dive Into A Pool Is Pure Ridiculous Fun

Video: This is completely absurd but Nicolas Deveaux’s 5 Mètres 80 is so fun that it doesn’t really matter. A group of giraffes raid a pool and start jumping off the high dive while doing tricks. It’s all CGI, but the giraffes look so realistic that I can’t help but imagine the alternate reality that this is happening somewhere in some pool.


Watch An Incredibly Realistic CGI Black Swan Fly In A Wind Tunnel

My brain struggles to believe that this black swan — featured in the new McLaren 570S commercial — is not a real animal but an awesome render. The video compares the aerodynamics of the swan and the car by putting the hyperrealistic CGI bird inside a wind tunnel.


I Wish All Robotic Insects Were As Cool As These 

Robot bugs will surely live around us in the near future. Unfortunately, judging by what we are seeing so far, they are not going to look anywhere as cool as these retro-futuristic designs by Andrew Serkin.


How The Crazy City Of Knowhere In Guardians Of The Galaxy Was Made

One of the reasons I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy so much was because I got to explore a world in which I had no expectations. Take that crazy city Knowhere, which is apparently inside a giant Celestial head, I didn’t even know it existed! Here’s the VFX reel showing how the city was built.


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