special effects

How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

Cinematic special effects have come a long way since Jason and the Argonauts. What once required dedicated and labour-intensive filming sessions can now easily be generated in near-lifelike quality by modern CGI. But Luma Pictures, an animation studio responsible for some of the biggest blockbuster movie effects of the last decade, has come full circle and incorporated 3D printed analogue modelling into its design process.


How Game Of Thrones Made Last Season's Most Fantastical Fight Look Real

Game of Thrones is known for many things: complex fictional geopolitical intrigue, incest rape, sexposition. The popular HBO show is also known for its high-end production, and season four’s thrilling snow-covered finale fight scene is no exception, with the remarkable special effects that have become a hallmark of the show. Here’s now they did it.


How They Made The Most Famous Exploding Head In Internet's History (NSFW)

If you have been on the internet for at least a few months, you probably came across a version of the animated GIF below (warning: NSFW). You may be wondering a) where the hell does this exploding head come from or b) how the hell did they do it? The answer to a) is David Cronenberg’s Scanners — and here’s the answer to b.


How Jurassic Park Changed The Way Movies Are Made Forever

Here’s a fascinating bit of film history: one of the most incredible moments in movie history wasn’t in a movie at all but just a test shot for Jurassic Park. It’s that test footage — of a T-Rex walking — that changed movies forever. It’s that scene — simply called the Dinosaur Skin Test — that made filmmakers realise how powerful CGI was and how they could truly create whatever they wanted in movies.


The Top 10 Practical Special Effects Of All Time

This top 10 list of best practical effects of all time is pretty much spot on. Not a single bit of computer graphics were used in these spectacular shots and some of them will really surprise of you. Like the aeroplane heist in The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed in real life, with real aeroplanes and stuntmen.


The Noah Genesis Clip: Science And Religion Mixed Into Cool Eye Candy

Everyone has their own beliefs, so I don’t care if you side with science or put yourself to faith or are too lazy to think about it — that doesn’t really change anything here. Just enjoy the beautiful sequence in this scene from the movie Noah about the creation of Earth. It tells the story of how life was created inserting science into the tale of the Genesis.


Life Of Pi's VFX Team Explains What's Wrong With The Film Industry

In 2013, Rhythm & Hues Studios won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. This is the story of where they — and nearly two dozen other studios that have closed in the last decade — went wrong.


The Jim Henson Creature Shop Highlight Reel Reinforces Our Muppet Love

The work done by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop doesn’t only just show up on Sesame Street and in the latest batch of Muppet movies. Any time you see a convincing looking creature in a commercial that wasn’t brought to life through CG, odds are the Creature Shop had a hand in its creation.


Inside The Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Great

Gravity was a stunning piece of cinema, brought to life by some beautiful special effects. In this video show-and-tell, VFX company Framestore reveals how it achieved some of the most breathtaking scenes.


How Jurassic Park Made Tiny Flesh-Eating Dino Puppets So Scary

There’s a lot of CGI deployed in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and you’d be forgiven for assuming that most of the dino-action was cooked up by a computer. Not so the tiny little compsognathus, a carnivorous chicken-like beast that was cooked up with plastic moulds and fishing line.