It’s no secret that Deadpool is all the rage right now, and a sequel is already in development at 20th Century Fox. With a visual effects wizard like Tim Miller behind the camera as director for the first time, it’s no surprise to see how visual effects were utilized perfectly to help bring Deadpool to life, making his masked face express a variety of emotions like the character does in the comic. But even more interesting is how five different actors and a team of special effects artists were used to bring the metal mutant Colossus to life in a completely different way than we’d seen on the big screen before. Find out how it was done after the jump. Read More »
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We’re big fans of Steve Jobs at the site. Director Danny Boyle‘s (Slumdog Millionaire) unconventional biopic was no. 5 on our top 15 of 2015, and for good reason. The breathlessly paced, intricately structured, and impeccably acted drama avoided so many pitfalls that plague modern bio films.
Steve Jobs didn’t leave much of a dent at the box-office, but no matter, the film is coming to Blu-Ray, meaning more people will discover screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s drama soon.
To celebrate the Blu-Ray release, watch a Steve Jobs featurette below.
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Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Countless gallons of digital ink have been used to write about the special effects of Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller‘s masterpiece is a throwback in many ways, utilizing practical effects, old school stunts, and some seriously deranged working vehicles to craft action set pieces that are just plain jaw-dropping. However, not enough time has spent praising the special effects that are often hidden in plain sight. Like any modern blockbuster, Fury Road is filled with digital effects, the most impressive of which can’t be seen until you know what to watch for.
A new special effects reel has appeared online, offering a very cool look at the digital stitches that hold the practical elements of Mad Max: Fury Road together. There is more CGI than you think – the real magic trick is how it works to enhance the practical and physical work.
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Last year, a teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them introduced us to the American magical world that we’ll see on the big screen this fall. Now a new featurette on the film shows off even more of the Harry Potter spin-off, including our new adult main characters played by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol. However, we don’t find out much more about Colin Farrell here. Still, it’s a cool glimpse behind the scenes of the wizarding adventure that takes place in New York City in 1926. Watch the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them featurette below! Read More »
Even though some fans of Jurassic Park were disappointed to see that there were less practical dinosaur effects used for last summer’s Jurassic World, that doesn’t mean the visual effects don’t deserve some praise. And if you need convincing that some fantastic work was done in post-production on the movie, a visual effects breakdown shows just how much work went into bringing the operational theme park to life. Check out the Jurassic World visual effects breakdown below. Read More »
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The Revenant may have had a tough shoot – have you heard about that yet? – but all the tough work is paying off. Not only did the epic revenge tale score 12 Oscar nominations, it’s also playing well with critics and audiences. Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s picture is a success and, more than that, a technical marvel. We already shared about 45 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes footage from the film, but you can now also watch Iñárritu deconstruct an intense scene from The Revenant below.
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Out of all the Best Picture nominees, The Martian is probably the most easily accessible for general audiences. It’s fun, dramatic, has a simple story, a great cast and just works. Mad Max: Fury Road is a close second, but it’s definitely far too weird for your grandparents who would probably love The Martian.
Following the Oscar nominations, studios are starting to put out more featurettes to take people behind the scenes of the movie vying for the big prize this year. This time it’s The Martian visual effects taking the spotlight with a reel that shows off just what was real on the film that stranded Matt Damon on Mars, and what wasn’t You might be surprised to see what was practical and what wasn’t. Read More »
Not too long ago, we featured a batch of nine featurettes from the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated frontier epic The Revenant, each diving in to nearly every facet of production. And now to keep those with questions about the making of The Revenant satisfied, 20th Century Fox has released a 45-minute documentary that shines some light (only natural though) on the shooting process. It’s a fantastic glimpse behind the scenes. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
One of the unfortunate realities of the digital age is that most “How’d they do that?” moments in films have a single, routine answer: computers. Computer generated effects are amazing and the people who craft them are supremely talented artists who deserve your applause and affection, but let’s be honest…green screens aren’t as inherently romantic as matte paintings and movie fans are all romantics at heart.
That’s why film fandom has been so enraptured with the visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which blends practical, on-set wizardry with plenty of CGI. And as a new featurette reminds us, there are infinite possibilities in the digital realm. This video, which focuses on the Maz Kanata visual effects, goes a long way to injecting the appropriate amount of wonder into the modern VFX process.
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