Agents of SHIELD Visual Effects

With state of the art technology at our disposal, we know that visual effects in feature films are pretty much always going to look good. That’s why the bad special effects seem to stick out even more like a sore thumb nowadays.

But in the world of television, smaller budgets still make it a little difficult to create convincing special effects, even on bigger budget, sci-fi shows that require effects to immerse the audience in the story properly. That’s why it’s impressive to see how good many of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD visual effects have turned out to be on the small screen.

Check out a VFX breakdown from the show after the jump, but beware of potential spoilers since this is from the second season of the show. Watch below! Read More »

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Iron Giant 2

Just last week brought the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a new Blu-Ray release of the 1999 animated film from The Incredibles director Brad Bird, which will also be hitting theaters for a couple days this fall. And if one of the film’s stars is to be believed, this re-release of the movie might be a way of testing the waters for a forthcoming sequel.

For those who don’t know, Vin Diesel was the voice of the titular giant robot who crash lands on Earth and befriends a young boy, making for quite the charming and unique update of the familiar E.T. The Extra Terrestrial tale. And Diesel recently took to his Facebook page to post the Signature Edition trailer, and he teased that Warner Bros. might be on the verge of making The Iron Giant 2 happen. Read More »

BB-8 Sounds

Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t out until December 18th, some fans have already decided that their new favorite character is the adorable little ball droid known as BB-8. The character debuted in the first teaser for the film, rolling across a desert service, its little motor whirring as it moved as quick as it could. However, we’ve yet to here what the little droid actually sounds like.

A new commercial for Star Wars LEGO sets for The Force Awakens features some quick animation specifically one part with the little droid running from Kylo Ren and some First Order Stormtroopers where we get to hear what BB-8 sounds like for the first time. Check it out below! Read More »

Rogue One 70mm

Star Wars has long been a film series that helped push technology forward, beginning with the original 1977 film. That movie was a pioneer in visual effects, with the first large-scale use of motion-control camera systems, and also helped push Dolby Stereo into theaters. But one of the new Star Wars films might be using a fusion of old and new gear to create its own spectacle.

There are reports that Star Wars: Rogue One will be using the same anamorphic Ultra Panavision 70 lenses that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Richardson used on The Hateful Eight, lenses which prior to that movie hadn’t been used in decades. Rogue One probably won’t use 65mm film, as Tarantino’s movie did, but a union of those lenses and the new Arri Alexa 65mm digital camera to create the widest Star Wars spectacle we’ve yet seen. Read More »

The Big Bang Theory The Force Awakens

The entire world will slowly be overtaken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the film’s December 18th release gets closer. Fans of the saga and plenty of average filmgoers can’t wait to see what Episode VII offers, and that also stands true for the fictional characters of The Big Bang Theory who are obsessed with everything from a galaxy far, far away.

The CBS comedy series, returning in the fall for its ninth season, will indeed be impacted by the release of the new Star Wars movie, and executive producer Steve Molaro confirms that they’re trying to figure out how the impending release of The Force Awakens will be weaved into Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) lives.

Find out more about The Big Bang Theory Force Awakens plans after the jump! Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back trailer recut

Yesterday brought some brief new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, featuring the first footage of John Boyega wielding a lightsaber (specifically the lightsaber that was Anakin Skywalker’s, passed down to Luke Skywalker by Obi-Wan Kenobi).

But today we have a fanmade trailer for one of the movies from the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. YouTube user Dan Flesher has cut a modern trailer for Episode V, using the same music, cuts and cues from the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s an extremely well-done edit that uses footage from the movie we all know in a cool teasing way. It makes me wish I could watch Star Wars all over again without knowing anything about it.

Watch The Empire Strikes Back trailer recut in the style of The Force Awakens after the jump! Read More »

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Making of Jurassic World

As of now, Jurassic World is the biggest movie of the year. That might change this winter once Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, but for now Universal Pictures is having a huge year at the box office, so we’ll let the studio bask in that glory for awhile.

This fall, fans will be able to bring home the Indominus Rex when the movie hits Blu-Ray and DVD on October 20. (Or you can get it on Digital HD a bit earlier on October 1st.) Universal is teasing all the special features that will be available on the home video release, showing the making of Jurassic World. There’s a collection of eight short featurettes you can watch below! Read More »

The Martian Neil deGrasse Tyson video

There are plenty of people who are already sold on The Martian, the latest sci-fi drama from Ridley Scott. It’s one of our 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015, and the most recent trailer really showed how good it looks.

But 20th Century Fox still has a little over a month to go before the film hits theaters, and they’re continuing their impressive viral marketing campaign with yet another cool video focusing on the crew of the Ares 3, another manned mission to the surface of Mars. This time, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson examines the upcoming mission in the style of the recent Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series.

Watch The Martian Neil deGrasse Tyson video after the jump! Read More »

Iron Giant trailer

Brad Bird‘s first feature The Iron Giant didn’t make a big splash upon its release in 1999. Warner Bros. didn’t seem to know how to market the film, and with the internet publicity machine only in its first formative stage, some of the tools that can help raise awareness of a film in 2015 were not yet in place.

The Iron Giant resonated with nearly everyone who did see the film, at least, and over the years it has been celebrated as a new classic in hand-drawn animation and science fiction. The good news is that Warner Bros. is planning a brief new theatrical release for a version of the film called The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, with a bit of new footage. There’s a new Iron Giant trailer to advertise the September release, which you can watch below. Read More »