special effects

Watch 40 Years Of Industrial Light & Magic Effects In 1 Minute

For the past 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has cooked up the special effects for countless movies and basically helped shape the imagination of movie watchers. They put together this reel of some of their work and the movies featured are basically any good movie with special effects in them.


Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Avengers 2 Shows How Goofy Movie-Making Is

I have no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be ridiculously fun and awesomely badass in all the ways that comic book superhero movies should be. But boy, making such a spectacle for a movie leads to some hilarious behind the scenes footage. I mean, check out this 9 minute clip of Avengers 2 and try not to laugh.


A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Insane Stunts Of Fast And Furious 7

Video: Furious 7 is releasing in cinemas this week, which means all of mankind is about to have its eyeballs blasted (and brains removed for two hours) with the most insane special and practical effects that don’t involve space or superheroes or space-based superheroes. Here’s a quick cut of some behind the scenes footage of Furious 7. The action sequences look fantastic.


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.


Watch A Dad's Special Effects Turn Playtime Into Crazy Action Scenes

The world’s best dad-who-is-also-pretty-good-with-Adobe-AfterEffects is back with a brand new batch of cutscenes to turn his lucky kid into the most adorable action hero this side of baby Groot.


How ILM Helped Make Winter Soldier One Of 2014's Best Movies

As far as superheroes go, on paper a movie about goody two-shoes Captain America doesn’t sound like it would be all that entertaining. But both of Marvel’s Captain films have been pretty fantastic, and part of the credit goes to the wonderful visual effects done by Industrial Light & Magic, which recently posted a breakdown of some of its extensive work on Winter Soldier.


How They Made The Crazy Visual Effects Of Transformers 4

Video: Skip the terrible movie that was Transformers 4 and let’s just enjoy the awesomeness of this visual effects reel from ILM for Transformers: Age of Extinction. It has all the coolest parts of the movie anyway, which is all the parts with any Transformers transforming and any Transformers causing explosions.


Disney's Super-Realistic CG Eyeballs Are An Uncanny Valley Airlift

What most often gives away a CG character as fake is their dead, lifeless eyes. It’s a common contributing factor to the uncanny valley effect, but now researchers at Disney have developed a system to perfectly capture a performer’s eyes that promises to make CG characters finally appear more lifelike and convincing.


Rebuilding The Black Hole From Interstellar With DIY Effects

The black hole from Interstellar is the product of millions of dollars of movie magic, but maybe it didn’t have to be. DIY effects extraordinaire Joey Shanks of Shanks FX made a pretty good poor man’s version with just some sparkers and Photoshop. Spoilers, sort of.


Michael Jackson's First Music Video And The Birth Of Green Screen

Everybody knows how the 13-minute-long, zombie-laden adventure that is the Thriller video shaped the history of music and saw the birth to a little phenomenon called MTV. Michael Jackson was primed to reinvent the medium from the start though, with his very first music video.