Fantastic Beasts Visual Effects

It comes as no surprise that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has an extensive amount of visual effects used to bring the magical creatures of the wizarding world to life. It’s a blockbuster that has to transport us not only to a world that doesn’t exist, but also 90 years in the past. As someone who watches dozens and dozens of movies each year, you start to feel numb to most visual effects, but even I’m impressed by some of the work on display in this Fantastic Beasts visual effects reel. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

moana cut song

The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.

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doctor strange end credits scene
Disney has been releasing clips of some of the bonus features in promotion for the home video release of Doctor Strange. They’ve released deleted scenes, a gag reel and now we can finally see some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the Doctor Strange end credits scene. The featurette, which shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, alongside another Marvel hero, improving a scene for the end credits tag. Watch the Doctor Strange end credits featurette now after the jump.
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Batman v Superman Visual Effects

Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t come away with an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, it must be said that there is still some outstanding post-production work done on the comic book movie. No matter how you feel about the movie itself, you can’t deny that there are some incredible visual effects seen on screen.

Director Zack Snyder wanted to make sure everyone knew just how much hard work went into creating Batman v Superman, so he put together a VFX reel that’s nearly 12 minutes long, showing everything from digital destruction to animation tests for Doomsday to shots that were created entirely with computer generated imagery.

See Batman v Superman before and after visual effects after the jump. Read More »

star trek discovery

It’s been a rough voyage for Star Trek: Discovery, but cameras are now rolling on CBS’ grand return to the greatest science fiction series of all time, and I’m ready to start feeling optimistic. And if the goal of this new video, which showcases footage of sets, uniforms, and concept art from the show, was to get me unbearably and unreasonably pumped that another proper Star Trek series is on the way…mission accomplished.

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La La Land Behind the Scenes

The Oscar nominations this past week gave a lot of love to La La Land to the tune of 14 nominations, tying the record for the most nominations received by a single film. It remains to be seen whether or not the modern musical can sweep every category it’s nominated for like it did at the Golden Globes, but its chances of taking home more than a few trophies are very good.

If there’s any doubt in your mind that La La Land is a stunning achievement in cinema, you may want to check out a batch of behind the scenes videos revealed by the film’s steadicam operator. They show off how impressive some of the camera movements are on set, and you might even be surprised to learn that one particular sequence didn’t feature any digital trickery to pull off.

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Logan Score Preview

It’s no secret that a new Logan trailer is coming soon. 20th Century Fox is sending out the frames of the trailer to some lucky fans to assemble online (they’re on the way already), and the new glimpse at the Wolverine sequel should be coming shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, director James Mangold is holding fans over with some new images from the set featuring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and franchise newcomer Dafne Keen as X-23. Plus, he’s also release a snippet of the score from The Wolverine composer Marco Beltrami (not Cliff Martinez), and it sounds rather haunting and frantic.

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The Founder Featurette - Michael Keaton

Next week brings the wide release of The Founder to theaters across the nation. Michael Keaton stars in the movie as Ray Kroc, the man who took a family-owned burger diner in Southern California and turned it into the fast food empire known as McDonald’s, and he has some awards buzz for a potential Oscar nomination.

If there was any doubt about what he pours into this performance, a new featurette for The Founder has been released, focusing on Michael Keaton and just how much the director, producers and fellow cast members love him. Plus, there’s a bunch of new footage from the movie showcasing Keaton’s performance. Watch The Founder featurette after the jump. Read More »

The Shallows Visual Effects Breakdown

While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.

The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.

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La La Land Featurette

Last weekend, La La Land won all of the Golden Globes it was nominated for, setting a new record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film with seven trophies taken home. There’s a good chance that the movie, including stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will get plenty of Oscar nominations when they’re announced on January 24th too.

In the meantime, more and more people are seeing the musical now that it’s in wide release across the country. That means there’s no better time for a new La La Land featurette to show how director Damien Chazelle blended his love for classic musicals from decades ago with a contemporary romance set in the heart of Los Angeles.

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