Gone Girl Effects Reel

David Fincher is a filmmaker who knows how to seamlessly incorporate computer generated effects into his films. For example, I highly recommend watching the behind the scenes documentary on the Blu-ray/DVD of Zodiac. When it was first released, the amount of digital effects in that movie was eye opening to me. And he’s only continued to do that.

Artemple Hollywood has released a short video revealing the invisible CG effects in Fincher’s latest movie Gone Girl. The Gone Girl effects reel showcases seamlessly integrated composite shots which remove green screen, creating a world that didn’t exist in the background, or augmenting what was there. Watch the Gone Girl effects reel embedded after the jump.

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the science of interstellar

Discovery Channel has released The Science of Interstellar, a 42 minute documentary about the Cosmology and science behind Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi epic. The documentary is narrated by Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey and takes us behind the sci-fact of the sci-fi. The film’s producer and consultant Kip Thorne (Cal Tech theoretical physicist) guides us through how Nolan adapted science and theory into the story, and explains the real science behind the ideas presented in the film.. Watch The Science of Interstellar embedded after the jump.

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Slave Leia video

One of the most obvious moments you’ve reached adulthood is when you start talking about kids. Whether someone has kids, they’re thinking about kids, or whatever else, that’s the moment. The thought opens up a huge pandora’s box of other issues too, least important of which is how do you show your kids the Star Wars Saga. The order in which you choose to show you kids the Star Wars movies is a debate regularly had amongst film fans but we always forget one thing. We never consider how the kids feel. It’s just a foregone conclusion that they’re going to like them.

A new video has surface that’s proof positive they do like them, but maybe have a few questions. One father recorded the conversation he had with his five-year-old daughter about Princess Leia’s Slave outfit in Return of the Jedi and the results are priceless, especially when animated. Check out the father daughter Slave Leia video below. Read More »

everything wrong with guardians

A filmmaker would be the first to admit that sometimes, there are leaps of logic in their movies. The main response is, “It’s a movie.” The whole point is to show you things that are impossible and exciting, logic be dammed. But that’s not the place CinemaSins lives in. Their “Everything Wrong With” videos thrive in that space between fun and logic, nitpicking even the most stupid little thing.

This time though, it just so happens their latest video – Guardians of the Galaxy – is timed with the film’s director, totally independently, explaining one of the “sins” of Guardians of the Galaxy. That being the fact Peter Quill’s Walkman and the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 still works after 26 years. Below, see the video and read Gunn’s response – which also includes some clarification of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War quotes. Read More »

‘Jurassic Park:’ The Evolution of a Raptor Suit

Jurassic Park Raptor Suit

Stan Winston School has released a video showing how the Raptor suits were developed and created for Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park. While the movie will be remembered for its innovation and inclusion of computer generated visual effects, only 4 minutes of the 14 minutes of the film featuring dinosaurs were entirely created using CG.

The rest was a mix of animatronics and “man in suit” puppets. Notably, the raptors were created using a man in a suit puppeteering the head. All of the tests were videotaped and have been compiled into this video showing how the raptor effect evolved before making it into the final film. Hit the jump to see Stan Winston’s Jurassic Park raptor suit evolution video, narrated by John Rosengrant, which reveals the magic behind this amazing practical effect.

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Home Alone trivia
CineFix has released a video listing 9 things you didn’t know about the John Hughes/Chris Columbus Christmas classic Home Alone. The video is a mix of visible mistakes, an explanation of how they pulled of some of the film’s trademark stunts, the story behind that photo of Buzz’s girlfriend, an injury that left star Macaulay Culkin physically scared and much more. Like for instance did you know they only had John Candy on set for one day — due to schedule issues they shot all his scenes over the course of one 23-hour day. Hit the jump to watch the Home Alone trivia video for yourself.

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Ralph McQuarrie documentary
Artist Ralph McQuarrie‘s concept art was a huge influence on most of our childhoods – Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, E.T. would not look the way they did if it had not been for McQuarrie’s illustrations during the development phase. While McQuarrie died a few years back, his work is still a huge influence on the biggest movies coming out today — notably JJ Abrams appears to be going back to McQuarrie’s old unused Star Wars concept designs for Star Wars: The Force Awakenssee some examples here. LucasFilm helped produced Ralph McQuarrie: Tribute to a Master for Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012. You can watch the five part Ralph McQuarrie documentary embedded after the jump.
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The Grey Matter Short Film

/Film readers and filmmakers Peter and Luke McCoubrey (aka the McCoubrey Brothers) have released his short film The Grey Matter online. The dark horror/sci-fi comedy short played at the Nitehawk shorts festival, the Show Me Shorts Film Fest, the Sidewalk film festival, San Antonio film festival, the Brooklyn film festival and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick this month.

The film stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, John Adams) as an office stiff who, after suffering a mysterious injury, finds himself stumbling through a courtship with a coworker played by Lucy Walters (Shame, Power)… but something strange is afoot. With the romantic guidance of a creature unearthed from his head wound, he finds himself stumbling through an absurd, increasingly unorthodox, and potentially fatal attraction.

Watch The Grey Matter short film embedded after the jump.

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