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Life of Pi's VFX Team Explain What's Wrong With Their Industry

In 2013, Rhythm 'N 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. Read More >>

Inside the Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Good

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. Read More >>

It's Crazy How Much of The Wolf of Wall Street is Actually CGI

Thor? CGI all over the place. Pacific Rim? Ditto. The Wolf of Wall Street? Surprisingly, also yes. You might not have thunk it, but there's CGI slathered all over that thing. Read More >>

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How Pacific Rim Made Us Think Giant Robots Were Fighting Sea Monsters

Here's how ILM managed to make these monsters—both good and bad—so terrifyingly realistic. Read More >>

The Effects For Star Trek: ID Were Even More Special Than Cumberbatch

Update: Sadly the video itself is now private and doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. If it pops back up you'll be the first to know. Read More >>

ILM's Effects For The Lone Ranger Were Way Better Than the Movie

Just because a blockbuster tanked at the box office, doesn't mean the talented folks who worked on the film didn't pour their hearts and souls into every frame. Especially those responsible for a film's visual effects, whose work often goes unnoticed when they've done their job right. Read More >>

The High Tech Movie Magic Behind Ender's Game's Zero-G Battle Room

The on-screen adaptation of Ender's Game is already filled with enough gorgeous cinematography to get space nuts drooling, but no scene hits that space envy button quite as hard Ender's Zero-G stint in the battle school war room. Design FX for Wired talked to the film's graphic team to see what it took to make those near-operatic sequences match up to the physical constraints of space. Read More >>

Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's how they created that magnificent world. Yeah, let's watch the movie again. [Mirada Studios] Read More >>

Even Behind the Scenes That Chest Bursting Alien is Terrifying

A lot of people try and avoid behind the scenes looks at their favourite movies for fear it could ruin the mystique of what they're seeing on screen. But surprisingly, seeing the inner workings of the infamous chest bursting alien from Aliens is just about as terrifying as the actual scene in the movie, if not more so. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Best Effects Shots Ever as Chosen By Hollywood's Top FX Wizards

All right everyone, time to put on your debating/outrage hats. Empire magazine reached out to some of the top vfx artists around the world and had them choose—and justify—what they believe to be the top visual effects shots of all time. Read More >>

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 >>

The Evolution of Visual Effects in Film

Visual effects have grown substantially since Georges Méliès sent a spaceship crashing into the moon over 100 years ago. From 7ft blue avatars, tigers in the ocean to hundreds of little yellow minions, it appears that anything is now possible in the world of filmmaking. Read More >>

Everything You Thought Was Real in The Great Gatsby Was Visual Effects

At this point even the most gullible of filmgoers must realise that nearly every movie has been digitally enhanced in one way or another. Long gone are the days when talented VFX artists were only called on to bring spaceships and dinosaurs to life; these days directors like Baz Luhrmann spend millions on effects to simply help bring even a few lamp posts to life. Read More >>


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