warcraft facial capture

It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.

I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.

So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.

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Preacher Trailer

Like the rest of AMC’s popular dramas, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, the new comic book adaptation Preacher will be given an after show. Talking Preacher was announced on last night’s edition of Talking Dead since next week brings the series premiere of Preacher on May 22. However, this after show won’t be following every single new episode. You can get more details on the schedule after the jump.

If after shows aren’t your bag, but you’re still excited about Preacher arriving next weekend, there’s a new Preacher trailer for you to check out below as well, along with a pretty extensive batch of featurettes available online as well. Read More »

The Conjuring 2 Featurette

This summer James Wan is bringing plenty of horror to theaters. Lights Out with Teresa Palmer arrives in July to make sure you’re scared of the dark all over again. But before that, the filmmaker is behind the camera again for The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his successful horror flick about the real paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

This time the terror comes from across the pond with the events known as the “strange happenings in Enfield,” and a new featurette focuses on the victims of the real haunting that inspires the film. In addition, the real Lorraine Warren talks about their experience with this particular case. Watch The Conjuring 2 featurette after the jump. Read More »

Jason Bourne Featurette

It doesn’t feel like it’s been 14 years since Matt Damon hit the big screen as Jason Bourne in the action thriller The Bourne Identity. For Matt Damon, his journey with the character began a couple years earlier since production on the franchise, based on a series of books by Robert Ludlum, began in 2000. Now Bourne is being called back into action in a world that is tearing itself apart.

In a new Jason Bourne featurette, Matt Damon says he’s always been asked when the next Jason Bourne movie would happen, even after he seemingly completed his turn as the character with The Bourne Ultimatum back in 2007. Now we get to see how Jason Bourne coped with the answers he received about his past across three movies, but there are still secrets he doesn’t know. Watch the Jason Bourne featurette below. Read More »

jungle book images

Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).

Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Disney has released a new video introducing us to the hero characters from the new Star Wars television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. The show will premiere on Disney XD this summer, but this video gives us a sneak peek into the characters of this new adventure and also reveals the voice actors behind the new heroes. Watch the video and learn more about this new Star Wars TV show, after the jump.

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the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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Deadpool Featurette

One of the biggest hits of the year has been Deadpool, defying and exceeding expectations at the box office and wowing critics and audiences alike. We’ve already seen a bit of a glimpse behind the scenes as to how they brought the comic book character to life with some impressive visual effects. Now we have a featurette that briefly shows off how one of the practical elements of the movie was created, and it’s an important one: Deadpool’s mask. Read More »

Warcraft Featurette

Following a new trailer for the video game adaptation Warcraft last week, a new featurette from the film has surfaced online, and it offers a glimpse at a set that will be very familiar to those who have played the game. The Lion’s Pride Inn is in the town of Goldshire, located in Elwynn Forest, and it’s like a lot of taverns and bars we’ve seen in fantasy and western movies. There’s rough clientele, fights break out, and it’s a good place to get a drink. In the game, it’s where you gain classes and find quests.

Now The Lion’s Pride Inn has been built for the movie, and a new Warcraft featurette has actor Rob Kazinsky, who was an avid player of the game himself, talks about just how details the set is, including plenty of design elements and easter eggs lifted straight from the game. Check out the video touring the set after the jump. Read More »