special effects

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.


Mad Max: Fury Road Without The Special Effects Is Still Freaking Awesome

Most movies, especially big blockbuster action movies, look embarrassingly awkward when you strip away the CGI and special effects and expose it in real life. It’s because so much is fake these days! Not Mad Max: Fury Road though. That movie’s action sequences still look so bad arse in real life. Check it out.


The Sneaky Clever Way Jurassic Park Filmed That Scary Water Ripple Scene

The glass of water rippling because of T-Rex in Jurassic Park is a classic scene in movie history. The visualisation is so simple that you’d think it was easy to achieve. It actually wasn’t! CineFix explains how in a movie filled with special effects and dinosaur animatronics, making the water ripple was also a cinematic achievement.


San Andreas without The Special Effects Looks Even More Ridiculous

Video: You know what happens in a real earthquake? A pause. And then slight confusion. And then frantically trying to remember what elementary school taught you on where you should go. And then panic because you don’t remember. You know what happens when you film an earthquake disaster movie such as San Andreas? Comedy.


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.