Game of Thrones dragon visual effects

Just last month, not long after the fifth season of Game of Thrones came to an end, we featured a look at some of the impressive and sometimes invisible visual effects of HBO’s hit fantasy series. And before that, there was a special emphasis places on the visual effects of the exciting episode “Hardhome.” But we’ve yet to dive into the visual effects of the dragons.

That changes today with a new featurette that looks at how the dragons were created in the episode “The Dance of Dragons.” Keep in mind though that this is the second to last episode of the fifth season, so if you’re not caught up, then you will want to wait to watch this featurette to avoid spoilers. But if you’re all good, then watch the Game of Thrones dragons visual effects featurette below! Read More »


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First Look: Tangled: The Musical Concept Art

Tangled: The Musical concept art

In April, we told you that Disney would be producing a stage production of Tangled for their Disney Cruise ships. Tangled: The Musical will premiere onboard the Disney Magic in November, and Disney has started to show the public what its going to look like. Hit the jump to get a behind the scenes tour of how they brought the animated world to life on the stage.

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Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile

Okay, so you’ve been hearing how great the latest Mission: Impossible film is. The film tested higher than Ghost Protocol in test screenings and even the film critics are loving it. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is currently scoring a whopping 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, which is incredible for a big budget blockbuster film. This is one of those film franchises that keeps getting better and better.

One of the things I loved about the latest installments is how much more action and screen time we see from Simon Pegg‘s character Benji Dunn. So when Paramount Pictures asked me to debut a Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile, I said yes. The video focuses on Simon Pegg’s involvement in the latest installment, showing some behind the scenes footage of Pegg on set. Watch the Mission Impossible 5 Simon Pegg character profile now embedded after the jump.

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Everest featurette

This fall brings the terrifying elements of the highest mountain on the planet to the big screen in the mountain climbing drama Everest starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and more.

While it would be easy to shoot an entire film like this on a sound stage and use visual effects to complete the scenery, director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns, Contraband) wanted the cast to experience the elements firsthand by shooting on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, as well as the Italian Alps. Now an Everest featurette shows what that was like for the stars of the film, and you can watch it below. Read More »

the Flash VFX breakdown

Given its home on The CW, who expected The Flash to become the most satisfying, and in some ways the weirdest superhero show on television? And yet here we are, one season into the show with fans eagerly awaiting the second. (The Flash season 2 debuts on October 6.)

One way to ease the wait between seasons for any show is enjoy new tidbits like a costume update. Another is to dive into breakdowns of the creation of the prior season. And so here’s a The Flash VFX breakdown that shows how some of the show’s effects, both obvious and subtle, were layered in. The real attraction here, I expect, is the footage of Gorilla Grodd, all drawn from episode 21, ‘Grodd Lives.’ Read More »

Star Trek Beyond charity video

The last video promoting the fund-raising collaboration between charitable organization Omaze and the producers and cast of Star Trek Beyond featured a walkthrough of the Enterprise set and some sweet dance moves from new Trek villain actor Idris Elba.

The new charity video is short on dancing (you’ll just see Elba in b-roll footage from the last video) but it does have quite a lot of entertaining patter from writer and co-star Simon Pegg and actor Anton Yelchin. Oh, and there’s a little art department visit with a few props and one alien head.

Check out the new Star Trek Beyond charity video below. Read More »

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Daredevil VFX breakdown

Daredevil can boast a number of Emmy nominations for 2015, including nods for Main Title Design, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects. To celebrate that last nomination, effects house Shade VFX has released a Daredevil VFX breakdown for the fight scene between Daredevil and the ninja Nobu. It’s a scene from midway through the season, so some spoilers follow if you’re not yet watched the show, but

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Chuck Jones video essay

Animation director Chuck Jones is celebrated for his Oscar-winning achievements in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, where he brought to life Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and many more. (To say nothing of his work on other animation, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.)

We know Jones’ style, which ranges from frenetic to cooly observational, and we know that he is uncommonly adept at defining and exploring characters, with simple changes of facial expression doing the comedic work that other artists would need huge motions to achieve. Below, you’ll find a terrific video essay on Jones, focusing on how he made some of his tricks work, and what inspirations he drew from when animating his greatest achievements. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond set video

JJ Abrams teamed with Omaze for Force For a Change, a charity fundraiser which gave one lucky Star Wars fan a trip to the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is again teaming with Omaze to give one lucky Star Trek fan a walk-on role in Star Trek Beyond, as well as a trip to the set for a number of other winners. To promote the charity fundraiser, the cast of Star Trek Beyond recorded a video on the Enterprise set of the new film. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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