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T-600 Is Menacing, Even When You Can See Puppeteers Moving It

Stan Winston Schools has released other behind the scenes footage of the T-600 puppet from Terminator Salvation, but this gives a clearer sense of how the animatronics evolved and how important the materials are in any puppet. If it's not lightweight, but with the stability and feel of whatever it's representing, it can't be convincing. Read More >>

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The AI Effects Team Controlled Their Robo-Puppet While Buried Alive

AI had its narrative problems, sure. But it didn't have a problem with the awesomeness of its practical effects, specifically the awesomeness of this fully kinetic, crippled android puppet. It's so good that the robo-carnage is almost disturbing. Read More >>

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The Terminator 3 Effects Team Basically Built Real Robot Assassins

In this behind the scenes video from the always-enlightening Stan Winston School, some of the minds behind the machines in Terminator 3 explain their process, and the takeaway is that there is/was at least one, fully-drivable T-1. All that's missing is the bullets. And the orders to kill. Read More >>

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The T-600 Is a Fantastic Backpack for Exterminating Mankind

The T-600 is neither your average puppet nor your average backpack, but this quick little clip from Stan Winston Schools shows that he's pretty impressive for both. Who said puppets had to be cute? [Stan Winston School] Read More >>

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Building the Animatronic Terror That Trounced a T-Rex

Jurassic Park III may not be your favourite movie in the series. But that doesn't mean its effects weren't fantastic. In fact, the somewhat random third entry in the series boasted the biggest animatronic 'saur yet: the Spinosaur. Stan Winston Studios recalls the details of that behemoth's construction, and it's wild to watch. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park's Fearsome Robo-Rex Got Its Skin

It's one thing to make a giant, robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex. It's another thing entirely to make it look remotely real. Granted, a robo-rex is awesome in its own right, but it's just not quite the flavour of monster fit for a film like Jurassic Park. And so. it was practical effects to the rescue yet again with a carefully applied dino-skin. Read More >>

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How Fibre Optics Can Make Crazy Hyperspace Visuals

We all know what it's supposed to look like when you go into hyperspace thanks to classic scenes in movies such as Star Wars and shows like Star Trek. But how do you create that look, you know, shy of building a hyperspace engine. It's a head-scratcher. Literally, in this case. Read More >>

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Fake Your Own Death this Halloween With an Air Compressor Blood Cannon

Halloween presents a wonderful excuse for a lot of things, one of the best probably being the simulation of murder and suicide for the purpose of terrifying innocent children. It's a bit difficult to pull it off live, but if you're into the idea of making a festively gory flick, an air compressor blood cannon can go along way. Read More >>

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Watch These Dry Ice Bubbles Turn Into Swirling Alien Planets

It doesn't take a genius to realise dry ice is awesome, and with Halloween right around the corner, you're bound to be seeing a lot of it. But did you know dry ice bubbles can be used as a practical effect to make whirling, churning alien planets? Read More >>

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How To Turn a Fish Tank Into a Crazy Alien World

CGI is everywhere, but there's something about practical effects that are just way cooler, especially when you dig into what it takes to make them happen. "Cloud Tanks" are tools that have been used in plenty of great films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Poltergeist to make weird alien atmospheres. This is how they work. Read More >>

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