Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Featurette

One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen. Read More »

La La Land Opening Sequence

La La Land is now available on home video for you to watch over and over again if you like being lifted up with “Another Day of Sun” and then having your heart torn out by the final, romantic but tragic musical sequence. But today, we’re going to stick with the brighter side of La La Land with an extensive breakdown of the lively, bright, upbeat opening musical number that takes place on a real Los Angeles highway.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (no, not the star of Tangled) participated in a detailed, close look at the “Another Day of Sun” musical sequence, talking about what went on behind the scenes, providing insight from what director Damien Chazelle was trying to achieve, and even telling where there are some hidden cuts. Watch the La La Land opening sequence breakdown after the jump. Read More »

The Mummy featurette

We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman‘s film (even if it’s his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.

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Saturday Night Live VFX Featurette

When it comes to examining a show like Saturday Night Live, it’s easy to only pay attention to the comedy and performances. After all, people watch the staple late night sketch series for laughs. But because the show is live where anything can happen, that makes the technical achievements behind the scenes even more impressive.

We’ve already talked about countless times how impressive it is that SNL even comes together at all when the entire episode is put together in a single week. But many still don’t realize just how much of a miracle it is, especially when it comes to the quick turnaround of things like building sets, or even more impressive, creating visual effects.

Watch the Saturday Night Live VFX featurette after the jump. Read More »

Suicide Squad Visual Effects

Suicide Squad has come and gone, but soon enough we’ll see at least one of the bad guy ensemble’s characters return to the big screen with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens. While we’re waiting to see if the movie ends up getting the greenlight to start shooting this year alongside Aquaman, we can take a look behind the scenes at the visual effects that helped bring the more wild side of the DC Extended Universe to life.

After the jump check out Suicide Squad VFX breakdowns that show how Cara Delevingne transformed into Enchantress, how a subway was destroyed and how Diablo’s big, climactic firestorm was created. Watch the Suicide Squad visual effects videos below. Read More »

Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new contest in their Force For Change initiative, a charity fundraiser through Omaze that gives Star Wars fans the chance to participate in some once-in-a-lifetime movie-related experiences. Today, Omaze released a new video in which fan favorite Warwick Davis, who has played a number of characters across the Star Wars movies, gives a spoiler-free tour of the Han Solo movie set, and the coolest part gives us a peek at a brand new creature from the film. Take a look at the new Star Wars alien below.
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Rogue One Virtual Sets

Everyone knows that visual effects are required in order to bring a movie like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to life. They may be more advanced than when George Lucas first took us to a galaxy far, far away, but we wouldn’t have the worlds, spaceships and creatures necessary to bring Star Wars to life without the magic of visual effects.

In the case of Rogue One, there are plenty of sequences that are composed entirely of visual effects, whether they’re space battles or environments that are composed entirely of digital pieces. However, there are some sequences where you might not have realized that a partial virtual set was employed. Instead of throwing actors into a room that is entirely green/blue screen, the crew built proxy sets where the nitty-gritty details would be added in post-production by Industrial Light and Magic. They’re details that you never would have thought were visual effects.
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Transformers The Last Knight Featurette - Michael Bay

Last week brought CinemaCon to Las Vegas where studios unfurled some of their most exciting projects to movie theater exhibitors, so they know what to expect from the blockbuster offerings coming to theaters over the next couple years. Tons of new trailers were screened that haven’t been released yet, and there were even showings of both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and The Fate of the Furious. But Michael Bay and IMAX brought their own kind of hype to CinemaCon.

This summer, Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters, and it’s the only blockbuster that was shot natively in IMAX 3D. A new featurette has Michael Bay explaining just why he chose to shoot in this format while also hyping up the movie with shots of what the director does best: blow shit up. Plus, there’s some new footage from the film that we haven’t seen yet.

Watch the Transformers The Last Knight featurette after the jump. Read More »

The Fate of the Furious - Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)

Buckle up, fam: the Fast family is about to be torn apart in a big way. Universal has just released a new featurette for The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the long-running franchise which will see Vin Diesel’s family-obsessed patriarch Dominic Toretto face off against his accomplices – including his wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) – and align with the mysterious Cypher (Charlize Theron), who’s described as “the fiercest villain the franchise has ever seen.” Watch the new The Fate of the Furious featurette below. Read More »

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Featurette

Even though the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise officially wore out its welcome for me with the abysmal sequel On Stranger Tides, there are still plenty of fans who are excited to see what the next installment of the franchise has to offer. A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales featurette gives us a good idea of the action in store as it takes us behind the scenes of the next adventure from Kon-Tiki directing duo Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning.

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