Behind-The-Scenes Videos Show How Iconic Movie Special Effects Were Made

When you're watching a movie, it's easy to get lost in the magic and not think too hard about how King Kong climbed the Empire State Building, how Jurassic Park's T-Rex roared to life, or how Charlton Heston encountered the Statue of Liberty at the end of Planet of the Apes — but these videos reveal all those movie… » 3/30/15 3:00pm Monday 3:00pm

“Wormhole”. A Short Film That Begs To Be Seen Twice.

A mother and child traveling unwittingly through the multiverse in an experimental short film where visual clues and elements seek to create a (w)hole that resonates with something like an unlikely inevitability. » 3/27/15 3:19pm Friday 3:19pm

How that 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 inside a giant Celestial head, I didn't even know it existed, let alone know what it "should" look like. Here's the VFX reel showing how the city… » 3/19/15 8:05pm 3/19/15 8:05pm

Behind The Scenes Video Reveals Amazing Spider-Man 2's Fake Times Square

Sony Pictures' Imageworks released a video showing just how much work went into sending Spidey web-swinging and web-slinging through New York City in Amazing Spider-Man 2. My god, look how much work it is to recreate Times Square, a place that is very close to being hell on earth as it is. » 2/19/15 9:00pm 2/19/15 9:00pm

How Visual Effects Create the Retro-Futuristic World of Agent Carter

On Agent Carter, visual effects don't just create explosions or give an extra oomph to Howard Stark's creations, they also help the show recreate the 1940s New York in 2010s Los Angeles. In this early exclusive from WIRED, you can see just how much work a television schedule is for VFX Supervisor Sheena Duggal and her… » 2/17/15 9:00pm 2/17/15 9:00pm

The TARDIS Dematerialises In A Whole New Way In This Gorgeous Fan Video

Doctor Who's time-travelling Police Box has always dematerialised the same way for almost 52 years — slowly fading in and out of existence in one place, to fade back in somewhere else. But this amazing VFX video by youtuber John Smith re-imagines the ship's dematerialisation in a fascinating new way. » 2/17/15 7:40am 2/17/15 7:40am

The Insane Attention To Detail In Interstellar's Big Spaceship Sequence

One of the things that makes Interstellar look different from other recent space movies is the reliance on practical models instead of CG effects. But that gets tricky — especially in one crucial scene from the movie, where some delicate maneuvering required some equally delicate modelwork and camerawork. » 2/04/15 3:45pm 2/04/15 3:45pm

Cool SFX: Watch Zooey Deschanel dance with an invisible person

Here's the music video for She & Him's song Stay Awhile. It's a lovely stroll that follows Zooey Deschanel dancing around with an invisible person inside a bedroom, a living room and the clouds. Dancing alone is always the best since no one is watching but dancing with an invisible person looks even better. » 1/08/15 7:50pm 1/08/15 7:50pm

Stunning Proof That The Helicarriers In Captain America 2 Weren't Real

I don't want to blow your mind, but did you know that giant, flying SHIELD helicarriers in the popular Marvel movie weren't actually built, launched into the air, destroyed, and then crashed into Washington DC? It's true! As it turns out, these massive airships were in fact made by something call com-pyoo-turs! » 12/30/14 7:20am 12/30/14 7:20am

How they made the crazy visual effects of Transformers 4

Skip the terrible movie that was Transformers 4 and let's just enjoy the awesomeness of this visual effects reel from ILM for Transformers: Age of Extinction. It has all the coolest parts of the movie anyway, which is all the parts with any Transformers transforming and any Transformers causing explosions. » 12/18/14 11:37pm 12/18/14 11:37pm

Godzilla VFX Breakdown Shows How To Make A Massive Monster Brawl

Maybe I'm biased because I love giant monsters, but this VFX breakdown reel for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie is outstanding. Just seeing how much work went into the monsters, let alone the massive environments that served as their battlegrounds is awesome in the most literal sense of the word. » 11/25/14 8:30am 11/25/14 8:30am

Fox Wants Andy Serkis To Win An Oscar For Planet Of The Apes So Bad

Fox wants the Academy to recognize Serkis' critical work as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. They've announced plans to campaign hard to get Serkis nominated for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar, which would be the first mo-cap performance to ever do so. » 11/07/14 8:33am 11/07/14 8:33am

Darth Vader Sounded Hilarious Before Voice-Over

The Force Awakens will introduce us to some new Sith villains for sure, but Darth Vader will always be the most iconic. James Earl Jones was his threatening voice, but the body was an English actor who didn't just gesture around in silence like a mime during filming; he voiced all the lines in a West Country English… » 11/07/14 11:05am 11/07/14 11:05am

Uncut Video Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug Mo-Cap Is Ridiculous

WARNING: Once you see the uncut footage of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his full-body motion capture performance as The Hobbit's Smaug — which is to say "lying on the floor and acting evil at nothing" — you may never see the dragon of destruction the same way again. Or Benedict Cumberbatch, for that matter. » 10/21/14 11:20am 10/21/14 11:20am

CGI footage of people falling and not getting up makes me laugh so hard

I must be a horrible person because I howled so hard when I saw this CGI footage by Dave Fothergill that shows computer generated people falling down over and over again as they get swept around by a swinging metal fence. Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for these clumsy CGI folk to make it through but I'm laughing at… » 10/21/14 12:58am 10/21/14 12:58am

Tiny People Tripping Over Each Other

My favorite videos on the internet are the ones that are difficult to explain. "Why am I watching this? What makes this good?" This video of tiny 3D people falling down is one of those special videos. » 10/20/14 5:30pm 10/20/14 5:30pm

This X-Men: Days Of Future Past VFX Breakdown Is The Best I've Ever Seen

It takes a lot of computers to turn actors into a naked, blue Jennifer Lawrence, as this absolutely stunning VFX breakdown for Digital Domain, who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past proves. Seriously, if you watch just one of these VFX reels we love posting so much, make it this one. » 9/30/14 8:31am 9/30/14 8:31am

Effects in 1984: A Video Reminder of When Lucas and Spielberg Reigned

If you're searching for something fascinating to occupy an hour, this 1984 Nova special is an excellent choice. It's a documentary that goes from Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon to the kings of special effects in the 80s. » 9/30/14 3:00am 9/30/14 3:00am

How Days Of Future Past Pulled Off Those Amazing Quicksilver VFX

One of the coolest special effects in X-Men: Days of Future Past was the Quicksilver "frozen time" effect where the character is moving so quickly that everything around him seems to move in super slow-motion. In this video, director Bryan Singer explains how they achieved the effect. » 9/26/14 4:40pm 9/26/14 4:40pm

Super slick CGI movie teaser makes me want to see the whole thing

CGI and visual effects are often over used in mainstream movies these days but there are still some really cool sequences that can only pop and make you gasp with the help of VFX. This short teaser for The Message, a short film by Industry Visual Effects, goes all in on CGI and it looks pretty fun. » 9/08/14 11:01pm 9/08/14 11:01pm