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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Rogue Nation Airplane Stunt

The mythology of Tom Cruise expands in a new Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation featurette that shows a glimpse into the preparation and shoot of a stunt that had Cruise strapped to the site of an airplane in flight. We’ve known about the stunt for over a year, as paparazzi photos and video captured the shoot. The scene plays heavily in marketing for the film, with posters and trailers showing wind-battered Cruise strapped to the plane’s door.

And yet it is still neat to hear him talk about being terrified of doing the shot, because it’s great to know that even megastars who can buck the standard Hollywood insurance policy get scared before doing something insane. And even with multiple safety straps and a great rigging and stunt team, this is still insane.

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Game of Thrones Hardhome Night King

In Season 5, Game of Thrones sent Jon Snow north of the Wall to convince the wildlings to ally with the Night’s Watch against the undead. Well — kind of. In a more strictly accurate sense, Game of Thrones sent Kit Harington and some other actors to Ireland, to swing some prop swords in front of a green screen on set. VFX wizards then turned that footage into the epic fantasy battle we saw on our TVs.

But that’s the thing about the effects on Game of Thrones. They’re often so good, it’s easy to forget they’re effects at all. That is, until something like this Game of Thrones Hardhome VFX breakdown hits, and we get to see just how much work goes into these sequences. Watch the video after the jump.  Read More »

Nicolas Cage Superman costume test

Superman Lives, the ’90s effort that saw Tim Burton working on a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage and originally scripted by Kevin Smith, is one of those “could have been” projects that continues to haunt fans. It haunted Jon Schnepp to such a degree that he made a documentary about it. The film, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, is now complete and available for pre-order online. The movie is also doing some roadshow engagements, with a planned appearance at Comic Con.

Now you can check out a clip from the film, and it’s a big deal for those who’ve seen costume pics from the film over the years. This clip features a Nicolas Cage Superman costume test, and also reveals the degree to which one of the other now-famous designs from the film would have been used in the final movie. (Hint: barely.) Check out the great clip below. Read More »

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Terminator 2 T-1000 special effects

Today brings Terminator: Genisys to theaters, mashing up all sorts of elements from the previous films in the franchise into one big, convoluted mess of a time travel sci-fi adventure. (Though our own Peter Sciretta didn’t hate it.) But at the very least, the film does get people talking about what I think is the best film in the series, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

While the newest film brings the liquid metal T-1000 model back into the fray, albeit in the form of Byung-hun Lee instead of Robert Patrick, this time the liquid effects of the regenerating Terminator are done digitally. But back in 1990, even though the film was a pioneer in digital effects, many gags had to be done practically by Stan Winston Studios. And we have a fantastic look back at how the Terminator 2 T-1000 special effects were created. Watch below! Read More »

Sound of Inside Out

While there’s plenty of sound design, editing and recording that has to be done for live-action movies, the job seems a little more difficult when it comes to feature-length animated films. Every single sound you hear has to be manufactured for the film. And that job gets exponentially harder when you have to give sound to a location you’ve thought about, but have never been to, like the inside of an 11-year old girl’s mind.

That’s the challenge that faced director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera and supervising sound editor Shannon Mills from Skywalker Sound with Pixar’s latest film Inside Out. And now SoundWorks Collection dives into how the sounds of the movie were created, and as you would expect, it’s very fascinating. Learn about the sound of Inside Out after the jump! Read More »


Olivia Munn is getting into fighting shape. The actress shared a video of herself practicing her katana moves for X-Men: Apocalypse, in which she’ll play Betsy Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke. See the X-Men Apocalypse Olivia Munn sword video after the jump. Read More »