Black Panther VFX Breakdown

Visual effects have become so advanced that many times it’s difficult to tell what is real and what is created in post-production. Digital effects can be used to create digital doubles of actors, create entire environments, or make any of these things disappear from any given shot.

When it comes to Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a movie that didn’t have some kind of visual effect in it somewhere. And in the case of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, they’re all over the place. While many of these visual effects can be easy to spot, some are quite seamless, especially in the fast-paced car chase through South Korea. Check out the Black Panther VFX breakdown of this sequence below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

War for the Planet of the Apes VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Weta Digital shows how they delivered the subtleties of motion capture performances in the visual effects for War for the Planet of the Apes. Plus, learn more about the work of one of the puppet masters behind some of the most iconic Star Wars creatures, and recap the entire series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Terry Crews. Read More »

Black Panther VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what the folks at Honest Trailers have to say about Marvel’s box office giant Black Panther now that it’s out on home video. Plus, find out How Black Panther Should Have Ended instead of what we saw on the big screen, and see a visual effects breakdown show off a bunch of post-production work that went in to the new Marvel franchise starter. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok Visual Effects

Hopefully you’ve watched Thor: Ragnarok from the comfort of your home a few times now. The third installment of the Marvel Studios franchise defies the odds by actually being the best chapter of the god of thunder’s trilogy, and it gets better and better each time you watch it.

There are plenty of special features taking you behind the scenes of the home video release, but a new Thor Ragnarok visual effects breakdown shows you some of the impressive digital work that you might not have even realized was done on the movie in post-production. In this case, the glimpse behind the scenes focuses on the scene where Cate Blanchett appears as Hela the goddess of death and destroys Thor’s trusty hammer Mjolnir. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Visual Effects Featurettes

Most of the hype for the Oscars, as usual, surrounds the nominees for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, but the technical awards deserve some attention too. Case in point: Industrial Light and Magic has been showing off all the hard work they put into Star Wars: The Last Jedi with its impressive array of visual effects.

A few new Star Wars The Last Jedi VFX featurettes have surfaced online showing how Andy Serkis was turned into Supreme Leader Snoke, how the climactic Battle of Crait was created, and the immense amount of detail that went into one massive digital set extension. Read More »

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Visual Effects

We just found out Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be arriving on digital download on March 13, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc on March 27, 2018. The release will feature all sorts of special features, including a full director’s commentary and a feature length documentary about the making of the film. But before that, we’ve got something else cool for hungry Star Wars fans.

Industrial Light and Magic has just released a short video about the visual effects that went into creating the opening space battle, where the Resistance tries to hold off First Order fighters while bombers slowly make their way over the surface of the massive Dreadnought. This The Last Jedi visual effects breakdown shows how footage entirely generated with visual effects was combined with green screen set coverage to create the exciting action sequence. Check it out. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the wizarding world of the United States was created in a visual effects breakdown of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s full roundtable discussuon with producers of the most buzzed about movies of this awards season, and see how the script for Pixar’s Inside Out compares to the final cut of the movie. Read More »

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards

Say what you will about 2017, but last year’s crop of movies was pretty damn good overall, and that high bar of quality is reflected in the nominees for the 16th annual VES Awards. Nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists, and entertainment industry workers narrowed down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects, and Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes ended up tying for the highest number of feature film nominations. Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones leads the pack in terms of television programs, and the fantasy series earned the most overall nominations. See the major nominees for the 2018 Visual Effects Society Awards below.
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Blade Runner 2049 Visual Effects

Visual effects are getting better and better every day. While some didn’t quite buy the digital recreation of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (not to mention have problems with the ethics of such a production element), it appears Blade Runner 2049 succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.

In Blade Runner 2049, we see the return of Sean Young as the exceptionally unique replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. However, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her like Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy, director Denis Villeneuve opted to use a performance double and have the younger version of Sean Young recreated entirely with visual effects. See how they did it below, but beware of a bit of a spoiler regarding the nature of this character’s return in the movie. Read More »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Visual Effects

Kingsman: The Golden Circle may not be the height of realism in action filmmaking, but when it comes to the visual effects, there’s some impressive work done to bring the world of violent spies to life in Matthew Vaughn‘s comic book adaptation.

Since it’s awards season, all of the visual effects houses are showing off the extensive work that went into the various blockbusters releases in 2017. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is no exception, and Imageworks has delivered a batch of visual effects breakdowns for a few prominent visual effects creations that appear throughout the movie.

Check out the Kingsman: The Golden Circle visual effects breakdowns below. Read More »