realistic movie explosions

Even though special effects have never been better than they were today, there’s always room for improvement. For example, even though we’ve had stellar digital visual effects at our disposal awhile now, there have been plenty of disappointments on the big screen. In fact, one area where Hollywood sometimes had difficulties was in creating realistic movie explosions. But thankfully, science stepped up to help.

A new video from Theodore Kim, professor of Media Arts, Technology and Computer Science at the University of California, explains how Hollywood has been able to create realistic explosions in movies, and it’s all thanks to a fancy algorithm. Read More »


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Summer 78 short film

Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams visual style
This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.

Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.

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NC Winters - Bad Robot

Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.

This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.

The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »

Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »

After playing a small but significant role in J.J. AbramsStar Trek, Bruce Greenwood again worked with the director on his follow up, Super 8. Instead of showcasing his famous mug, though, Greenwood channeled his inner Andy Serkis and performed partial motion capture for the film’s monster. This, in itself, isn’t news because Greenwood has been fairly open about it in recent months. What is news is that on the Super 8 Blu-ray, which hits stores November 22, there’s an extra that shows Greenwood in action. But you don’t have to wait, you can watch it right now. Read More »

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Much has been said about the posters for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and now we’ll continue to say. The first poster was a total tease revealing almost nothing. A later image was thought to possibly give away too much. And, at one point, half the internet was fooled by a Drew Struzan-esque fan poster. Well, Struzan’s presence is alive and well in these two posters made by Daniel Skubal and Veronica LaPage. Unlike the aforementioned fan image, though, these posters were legitimately commissioned by Bad Robot for use in the marketing of the film. They simply weren’t chosen by Abrams in the end. Even so, you can see them in their full glory and read the great story of how artists Skubal and LaPage got involved after the jump. Read More »

Most of the time deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. Sometimes they provide information that is already given in another scene. Other times they disrupt the flow of a movie. Then there are scenes that remain almost the same, but are just trimmed on the edges like fat on a steak. New deleted scenes from Super 8 and Sucker Punch have found their way online and both fall into a few of those categories. The Super 8 clip is largely a scene that’s in the final cut of the film, it’s just happens to feature some of the fat that was nipped and tucked away. As for Sucker Punch, the scene is an entire excised musical number called “Love is the Drug.” Check them both out after the jump. Read More »


This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.

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