Spider-Man Homecoming Visual Effects - Morning Watch

(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, Kylo Ren reacts to the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi as only the temperamental villain can. Plus, check out a breakdown of some of the impressive, seamless visual effects from Spider-Man: Homecoming and watch a video essay about the philosophy of Mr. Robot. Read More »

Morning Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 VFX Reel

(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, the best sketch from the season premiere of Saturday Night Live features Ryan Gosling haunted by James Cameron‘s apparent lazy use of a certain default word processor font for the Avatar logo. Plus, a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 visual effects reel won’t let us unsee how creepy Rocket Raccoon looks without fur (or even skin), and we find out how many times Viggo Mortensen almost died on the set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More »

Rogue One Visual Effects - The Morning Watch

(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, Industrial Light & Magic extensively reveals the visual effects work they did on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Plus, find out how McDonald’s ended up getting Tim Burton fired from the Batman franchise, and see what happens when Conan O’Brien drives around London with Tom Cruise. Read More »

most influential visual effects movies

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society – a professional organization of artists, producers, technologists, and more who work in the entertainment industry – polled its nearly 3,400 members and determined a ranking of the most influential visual effects movies of all time. And since this is the internet, we’re legally bound to examine (and potentially argue with) a list like this after it’s published. So let’s take a look and see which films made the cut.
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War of the Worlds - Ray Harryhausen VFX Test - Morning Watch

(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, check out a visual effects test that was part of a pitch for film legend Ray Harryhausen to adapt War of the Worlds. Plus, run through the alphabet by way of a cleverly edited video using footage from 85 different movies, and see how a unique Sith lightsaber is built thanks to the miracle of 3D printing. Read More »

Star Wars Toys - Morning Watch

(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, get a close look at the visual effects that went into the last couple episodes of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, specifically the battles with the Night King ans his massive army. Plus, check out a report on the evolution of Star Wars toys over the decades, and learn about a wild Jurassic Park fan theory that actually makes sense when you think about it. Read More »

Rick and Morty - Pickle Rick - Morning Watch

(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, take a closer look at the visual effects work that went into Kong: Skull Island and the biggest version of King Kong that cinema has ever seen. Plus, watch a faux commercial for a Pickle Rick action figure inspired by a recent episode of Rick and Morty, and an impressive sci-fi short film called Seam directed by twin brothers who hope to turn it into a feature. Read More »

Captain America Civil War VFX - Morning Watch

(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, we have an extensive Captain America: Civil War visual effects breakdown revealing all the impressive post-production work on display, which includes most of Iron Man‘s suit. Plus, we have a video essay looking at how the scene transitions in The Matrix enhance the movie, and another about the intricate details of costume design that you may not have noticed. Read More »

Agents of SHIELD VFX Breakdown

It’s easy to brush off some of the visual effects we see on television because they’re done with a lower budget and not quite as polished as what is possible on the big screen. However, we’ve gotten to a point where the visual effects in every episode of a network television series can occasionally be more impressive than visual effects on some blockbuster movies, especially when it comes to TV shows from the world of comic books.

Agents of SHIELD is ABC’s TV series that takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though the connection between the show and the movies is tangential at best. While the show doesn’t quite have visual effects that measure up to what we see in the MCU, the fact that these visual effects are done in a much shorter post-production window with significantly less money should not be overlooked.

Check out the Agents of SHIELD VFX breakdown after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

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Logan VFX Breakdown

Since Hugh Jackman doesn’t actually have claws that extend from and retract back into his hand, usually the creation of Wolverine’s signature adamantium claws in the X-Men franchise comes from the prop department. However, for the instances when Wolverine has to jam his claws into somebody, visual effects must be employed to make it look like the mutant has actually stabbed someone rather than just playing pretend.

In the case of Logan, the visual effects process of creating Wolverine’s claws delivering damage to bad guys was more complicated because the movie’s R-rating allowed for much more gruesome, bloody kills from his signature weapons. For those curious how they pulled it off, a Logan VFX breakdown from the visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures reveals the details layers that went into creating Wolverine’s claws and a few more seamless details.

Watch the Logan VFX breakdown video after the jump. Read More »