VOTD: The Evolution of CGI Faces in Movies

CGI Faces in Movies

Visual effects in movies have advanced in a spectacular way in the relatively short history of cinema. What once was thought to be impossible to create in post-production has become a mainstay in blockbuster tentpoles. More recently, visual effects companies have become quite skilled in creating human faces entirely with computer generated imagery, and a new video essay shows us how this part of movie magic has evolved in a small window of time.

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Beauty and the Beast Featurette

Fans of Disney’s beloved animated classics from decades past consistently ask why the studio is bothering updating movies that everyone already loves. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, director Bill Condon recognizes that the original iteration of Beauty and the Beast was perfect, raising the question of why Disney is bothering to remake it at all. A new Beauty and the Beast featurette attempts to explain that by going behind the scenes and showing fans how they’re making this story feel familiar and new at the same time.

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Moana Deleted Scene

In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.

That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Visual Effects

The visual effects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were quite the topic of discussion once fans saw that actor Peter Cushing was recreated by way of a motion-capture performance and digital effects. However, that’s not the only reason that the film ended up with an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

A new Rogue One visual effects reel from the wizards over at Industrial Light & Magic shows off all the layers that went into the planetary destruction of Jedha after a little blast from the Death Star. There are also some breakdowns of sequences on Scarif when the Rebels are attacking the Imperial base on the tropical planet.

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‘Logan’ Clip Reveals X-23’s Origin Story

logan video

Over the past couple of months, the marketing for Logan has been consistent and impressive. The red band trailer, the black-and-white photos, the storyboards, and both the official one sheet and IMAX poster all promote a comic book movie with its own attitude and style. Just the other day we saw a black-and-white clip — how many of those do we see to promote superhero movies? — showing how much Logan’s life has deteriorated since his X-Men days. The latest video promoting the R-rated movie shows Laura’s (Dafne Keen) life isn’t much better than the once great Wolverine.

Below, see what happens when a few doctors try to remove X-23’s adamantium claws in the new Logan video.

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Planet of the Apps Trailer

Apple is following Netflix and Amazon’s lead and is getting into original programming. The first two shows from the computer company will premiere later this year, which includes a series called Planet of the Apps, which looks to be Shark Tank for the iPhone app world. As a big Shark Tank fanatic and Apple fanboy, this seems right down my alley. See the first Planet of the Apps trailer embedded after the jump now.

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Fantastic Beasts Visual Effects

It comes as no surprise that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has an extensive amount of visual effects used to bring the magical creatures of the wizarding world to life. It’s a blockbuster that has to transport us not only to a world that doesn’t exist, but also 90 years in the past. As someone who watches dozens and dozens of movies each year, you start to feel numb to most visual effects, but even I’m impressed by some of the work on display in this Fantastic Beasts visual effects reel. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Gaston clip

It seems like just about everyone loves Disney’s classic Beauty and the Beast, which means just about everyone’s got their own favorite musical number from it. Some smile at “Belle” or swoon at “Beauty and the Beast”; others are taken in by the grandeur of “Be Our Guest” or the sweetness of “Something There.” And then there are those, like me, who adore “Gaston” most of all? What can I say? He’s perfect; a pure paragon.

But that means I’ve been disappointed as trailer after trailer for the live-action remake basically ignored this big dumb brute and his big dumb musical number, in favor of showing off romantic moments between Belle and Beast or whatever. Thankfully, Gaston himself is here to save the day. During a recent appearance to promote the upcoming film, star Luke Evans unveiled the first clip of himself and Josh Gad (as LeFou) performing “Gaston.” Watch the Beauty and the Beast Gaston clip below.  Read More »

moana cut song

The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.

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doctor strange end credits scene
Disney has been releasing clips of some of the bonus features in promotion for the home video release of Doctor Strange. They’ve released deleted scenes, a gag reel and now we can finally see some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the Doctor Strange end credits scene. The featurette, which shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, alongside another Marvel hero, improving a scene for the end credits tag. Watch the Doctor Strange end credits featurette now after the jump.
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