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This is How an Amazing Photoshop Job Turns Dozens of Pictures into One Magical Image

Image compositing is a common practice in digital art and advertising. But often the crazy extent of it is completely invisible. Like the image above, which is made of a few dozen separate pictures. This GIF--posted to Reddit--peels back the layers of one meticulously crafted scene. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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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Small Soldiers Is a Much Better Movie Without the Visual Effects

Remember Small Soldiers? It was a movie where action figures were enhanced with military technology to make them more interactive, but ultimately resulted in them coming to life. Even though it cast both Spinal Tap and actors from The Dirty Dozen as voice talent, the film was remarkably forgettable. To the point where watching this test footage of the film's special effects would have been a more enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Read More >>

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Watch Christmas Lights Recreate Star Trek's 'Beam Me Up Scotty' Effect

Even non-Star Trek fans have dreamed about teleporting away to space by just saying Beam Me Up, Scotty. And though it's unlikely to ever happen in our lifetimes (prove me wrong smart people!), the special effects maestro Shanks FX has cooked up a slick way to recreate the Star Trek teleportation effect with Christmas lights. Read More >>

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The Visual Effects Behind Iron Man's HUD in Iron Man 3

Iron Man's HUD has always been one of the cooler details in any sci-fi movie. The way it pops up, the way it shields the face, the way it works — it's fantastically unreal and yet completely believable. And the beauty is in its impressive details. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park's VFX Wizards Brought One of the Largest Dinos of All Time to Life

In shots where they were seen walking, Jurassic Park's resident brachiosaurs were realised with ground-breaking computer animation. But for shots when the film's human characters interacted with them high in the trees, the brachiosaurs were brought to life with complicated animatronics created by Stan Winston Studios. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park's FX Team Brought Those Spitting Dinos To Life

The original Jurassic Park came out 20 years ago, and while the FX industry has shifted more towards computer-generated effects since its release, it's still awesome to see how some of the film's practical effects were realised. Read More >>

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How ILM Created the Hulk for The Avengers

Yesterday we saw how ILM created a whole load of kick-ass CGI scenes from The Avengers. Now feast your eyes on just how they created the immense beast that is the Hulk, in The Avengers. Read More >>

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A Look at All Those Over-the-Top Interfaces in The Avengers

Besides all of the obvious visual effects like flying aircraft carriers and giant green rage monsters, there's a lot of post-production work in a blockbuster movie like The Avengers that you might not notice. Even though it's splashed across computer screens and heads-up displays throughout the film. Read More >>

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I'd Live in This Incredibly-Detailed Hogwarts Castle Model

The films might be complete, but Warner Brothers will continue to milk the Harry Potter franchise for all it's worth. Starting March 31st a new studio tour will give fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the movies, including this stunning model of Hogwarts. Read More >>

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