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 »

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

After the jump:

  • Underworld 5 gets a new title and a new logo.
  • Nut Job 2 makes off with a summer 2017 release date.
  • Tom Cruise promises more crazy stunts in Mission: Impossible 6.
  • No, Indiana Jones 5 is not a prequel, and no, we aren’t getting a new Indy.
  • Neighbors 2 took inspiration from an unlikely source.
  • Vin Diesel sings with a gospel choir on the set of xXx 3.
  • Robert Carlyle (a.k.a. Begbie) teases Trainspotting 2.
  • Andrew Stanton drops some hints about The Incredibles 2.

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Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been high on our must-see list since it was first announced, and it’s only gotten more intriguing with every casting announcement and promotional photo. Now, as if we weren’t excited enough already, we finally have a look at Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in action, thanks to a behind-the-scenes featurette that debuted with the MTV Movie Awards last night. Delevigne promises this is going to be “the best movie of all time,” and who are we to doubt her? Get your Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets first look below.

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Kong Skull Island

Like Skull Island itself, Kong: Skull Island has been shrouded in mystery since its origins. But unlike Skull Island, Kong: Skull Island is willingly opening up to let the world take a peek at the greatness within. In a new featurette, stars Tom HiddlestonBrie LarsonCorey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell go behind the scenes of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ upcoming action-adventure, revealing new plot and character details and much, much more. Watch it below.  Read More »

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The Force Awakens Visual Effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on home video, which means you can watch the feature-length documentary that chronicles the making of the film. It doesn’t go quite as in-depth as I was hoping, but it’s still a fascinating look behind the scenes at the effort that went into reviving one of the biggest franchises of all time.

Now a new makeshift featurette provides a little bit of a different visual effects breakdown than we’re used to seeing. Using a combination of footage from the set without visual effects, animatics, concept art and some documentary footage, the video runs through the scene where Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) have to run from the First Order to escape Jakku. Watch The Force Awakens visual effects breakdown after the jump. Read More »

hardcore henry behind-the-scenes

When I interviewed Hardcore Henry director Ilya Naishuller at SXSW last month, we spent a fair amount of time talking about how shooting this film was a total pain in the ass. But that’s what you get when you set out to make a first-person perspective action movie – you get a lot of hard days and long nights and migraine headaches. And while I have mixed feelings on Hardcore Henry, the film is impressively assembled and utterly unlike anything you’ve seen before and the process of how it was shot is genuinely fascinating. Hell, a documentary about the making of the movie would be as compelling as an actual action film.

And while no such documentary exists (yet), a music video comprised entirely of footage from the film’s shoot has arrived online and it’s an incredibly entertaining, if slightly nerve-wracking, watch.

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 The Jungle Book featurette

The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben KingsleyBill Murray, Lupita Nyong’oChristopher WalkenScarlett JohanssonIdris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.

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