Five months ago, the Russian/Ukrainian musical group 5'Nizza released a music video for their track, Samoliot, featuring a series of mishaps that were seemingly frozen in time. But while the action was paused, the artists themselves continued to sing as the camera moved around them. It was a clever take on the bullet-time effect made popular in The Matrix, and we finally know how they created it.
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Not all of Game of Thrones season seven's secrets and surprises have been revealed. Now that the latest season has finally aired, the visual effects studios responsible for bringing the fantasy world to life have started releasing their behind-the-scenes reels of the show's real magic: its movie-calibre special effects, especially when it comes to Westeros' tiniest Faceless Man.
Video: David Fincher got his start working on special effects for Return of the Jedi. In some rare footage from Alien 3, we get to see and hear how he works with the FX team to bring the destroyed Bishop android to life. Usually, footage like this would be considered an effects test, but when David Fincher's doing it, it's a rehearsal.
Video: Adam Savage and the Tested crew recently had the opportunity to visit the sets of Alien: Covenant, and in their latest video they not only get some hands-on time with many of the weapons used in the upcoming prequel, they also learned the secrets of how alien-infected actors are able to vomit so much blood.
Video: A winter blockbuster like Marvel's Doctor Strange relies on countless visual effects studios to help bring the film's imaginative world to life. We've already seen how Industrial Light & Magic warped New York into a giant knot, but now we're getting a peek at how Framestore created Doctor Strange's spells, portals and that wonderful cape.
A visually-rich film like Ghost in the Shell that's filled with futuristic sets and cyborg characters could have easily relied on green screens and digital effects to bring its entire world to life. But as Adam Savage discovered at a recent visit to Weta Workshop, the film version of the iconic manga still turned to animatronics to realise some of its most iconic characters.
In an effort to capture never-before-seen footage of animals in their natural habitats, the BBC's Spy in the Wild series created robotic versions of meerkats, monkeys, and other creatures designed to blend in with their real-life counterparts. The robots are remarkably lifelike, until you remove all of their fur and reveal their inner workings.
Video: The Oscars are a little over a week away, which means we're finally getting a bunch of peeks at the visual effects behind 2016's biggest blockbusters, including Doctor Strange. Here's how Industrial Light & Magic twisted New York City into a giant mind-melting knot that would have impressed M.C. Escher.
When you can't rely on a computer to improve (or fake) a movie scene, you gotta improvise. And back in the days of silent films, filmmakers were really, really good at coming up with creative ways to cook up special effects. It was a master class of using specific camera angles, splicing together shots, using glass matte paintings and twisting perspectives to make things look as realistic as possible.
Video: Even if there is too much CGI in movies these days (and there is), let's be thankful that the CGI we're bombarded with looks good. Or, at least, it looks so much better than the utter crap computers spat out back in the '90s. God, that era of CGI was awful. Diane Bullock edited together this clip of CGI footage to show how bleak things were back then. Do you remember how bad the aeroplane crash scene from Air Force One was? Or how silly Kurt Russell looked in the surfing scene in Escape From LA? It was hilarious.
Video: Stranger Things costumes are sure to be everywhere this Halloween, so you'll need to distinguish your ensemble by striving for complete authenticity. The ultimate Dead Barb will take some work, but YouTuber Freakmo — who specialises in effects make-up — will show you how in her cheerfully informative tutorial... slugs and all.
Video: These days all you need to recreate Hollywood-calibre visual effects is a fast PC and some expensive 3D software. But if you want to try your hand at recreating old-school special effects, find yourself a 3D printer, make a miniature version of Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and go to town with a blowtorch.