Stranger Things Monster Effects

Now that it’s 2017, new episodes of Stranger Things feel much closer. The first season debuted last summer, and fans are expecting the second season to arrive on Netflix around the same time this year, though no official release date has been set just yet. In the meantime, how about we take a closer look at how the signature monster known as the Demogorgon was brought to life for the show?

Mark Steger helped brig the Demogorgon to life by being the man standing on stilts inside of a creature suit, and now some new behind the scenes photos and a video reveals the body suit and mechanical head that will haunt your nightmares, even when it’s not creeping in the dark.

See how the Stranger Things monster effects came together after the jump. Read More »

Batman v Superman Visual Effects

Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the most hotly debated movies of 2016, I think we can all agree that there is some outstanding visual effects work in the movie. Not every visual effect is perfect, but I’m betting that when you see the recently release Batman v Superman visual effects breakdown that you’ll be surprised to see just how much of certain sequences was actually created in post-production. Read More »

Saturday Night Live

When people watch Saturday Night Live, I don’t think many of them realize just how small of a space Studio 8H actually is in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There’s only so much room for the various sets created for SNL that some of them are put up and taken down in just a few minutes, either during the opening credits or over commercial breaks. And now you get to see how they do it.

The cold open from this past weekend’s SNL with host Casey Affleck (which wasn’t a great episode overall) started off in the office of Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) as he met with Vladmir Putin (Beck Bennet) and Rex Tillerson (John Goodman). That set actually sat right on the mainstage where the monologue happens during every episode, in front of the SNL band, and the crew tore it down in less than two minutes.

Watch the Saturday Night Live set change video after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Featurette

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is all the rage right now. Even the fans who weren’t as crazy about it as others can’t stop talking about it. Whether it’s looking at the footage that was left on the cutting room floor as a casualty of the reshoots or all the easter eggs in there referencing other parts of the Star Wars universe, Rogue One is a hot topic for discussion.

Since the movie has barely been out for a week as of this evening, we’re still treading carefully when it comes to spoilers. But worry not, because this new Rogue One featurette contains nothing that will ruin the movie for you, as it goes behind the scenes of the real locations that are used for planets like Scarif, Jedha and more. Read More »

Tv and Computer Screens in Movies - Steve Jobs

While there is plenty of fascination from cinephiles regarding the creation of visual effects for movies and television, there are plenty of jobs on a movie set that go unnoticed. One such job is that of a computer/video playback supervisor.

If that doesn’t sound all that interesting, a new video profile explains the fascinating and surprisingly meticulous work that goes into something as simple as a television playing in the background of a scene in the 1980s set movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, or something as complex as a faux piece of software used in a key sequence of a movie like Date Night, or recreating the software of one of the first Macintosh computers so that it actually works on camera for Steve Jobs.

Watch the video about how TV and computer screens in movies are created after the jump. Read More »

T2 Trainspotting 2 Featurette - Ewan McGregor

Even the most die hard fans of Danny Boyle‘s cult classic drug-fueled drama Trainspotting are skeptical about whether or not the filmmaker can craft a worthy follow-up to the beloved movie. The teaser trailer does provide hope though as even the visuals perfectly capture the vibe of the original movie, promising a thematic sequel as much as a narrative one.

Now we get a little more information about what we can expect from one of the returning characters from the original movie as a new T2 Trainspotting featurette focuses on Ewan McGregor as Renton, who no longer rides the H-train, but has found a new addiction in its place. Watch the new video below. Read More »

Ben Mendelsohn - Rogue One IMAX TV Spot

It’s almost time for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The early buzz on the movie hit the web over the weekend once the world premiere of the movie in Los Angeles was over, and full reviews will start hitting the web on December 13th. In the meantime, if you’re still soaking up as much Rogue One footage as you can, we have a batch of new videos for you to check out.

After the jump, check out a new Rogue One IMAX TV spot, a couple of clips that debuted when the cast of the film appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live before the weekend, and two featurettes going behind the scenes of the Star Wars spin-off. Watch all those videos after the jump! Read More »

The Mummy featurette

Tom Cruise brings a lot of respectability to The Mummy. More than one would maybe expect from the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Movie Universe, partly because it’s following up the disastrous Van HelsingThe Wolfman, and, a movie erased from the new world of monsters, Dracula Untold. Universal has struggled to bring their iconic monsters back to the big screen in the past, but Cruise’s involvement in this universe, especially after seeing him in the solid trailer, inspires some confidence — and maybe because you know you’re usually in for a fun time with most movies starring Tom Cruise.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which features footage not shown in the trailer.

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Rogue One Creature Featurette

We are ten days away from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters and it already feels like the marketing for this film is reaching a fever pitch. Disney has released another featurette, this one focusing on the aliens and creatures featured in the first Star Wars anthology film. While the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so laser-focused on convincing fans that this was a return to practical effects, locations, and creatures, we haven’t seen much of this angle for Rogue One. But this new featurette takes us into the Rogue One creature shop to take a look at the artistry behind the aliens and creatures in this film. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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Transformers The Last Knight Photos - Mark Wahlberg

Production on Transformers: The Last Knight has officially wrapped, and we know that because the official Twitter account for the film franchise has just posted a video announcing the completing of shooting. The video contains a bunch of stills from the set, as well as behind the scenes footage of Michael Bay directing, and some of the stars in action on set. If that’s not enough for you, tomorrow will bring the first trailer for the fifth installment of the toy-based action franchise.

Check out the Transformers The Last Knight photos and video after the jump. Read More »