VFX Artists React to The Mummy

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

In this edition, the VFX artists from Corridor Crew bring in Industrial Light and Magic’s visual effect art director Alex Laurant for a closer look at The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Plus, see how outer space in movies has evolved across the 120-year history of motion pictures, from A Trip to the Moon to Gravity. And finally, watch as The Flight Attendant star Kaley Cuoco and WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen interview each other. Read More »

Edgar Wright's Favorite Sparks Songs

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

In this edition, listen as Edgar Wright sits down to list some of his favorite Sparks songs before the arrival of his first feature film documentary, The Sparks Brothers. Plus, see what the visual effects artists at Corridor Crew have to say about some vintage effects done on Ghostbusters II and the actor replacement done on Army of the Dead. And finally check out some Easter eggs you can seek out at Disneyland’s recently opened Avengers Campus. Read More »

VFX Artists React to The Mandalorian

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 visual effects artists from Corridor Crew think of the VFX work done for virtual production on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Plus, take a ride through of the new Disneyland attraction Spider-Man: Web Slingers from the new Avengers Campus expansion. And finally, watch as Dave Chappelle crashes Michael Che‘s interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Read More »

Army of the Dead 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, find out how Army of the Dead brought zombie mayhem to Las Vegas by creating a 3D model of the iconic strip. See how the screenplay for Portrait of a Lady on Fire provided plenty of details in meticulously crafting one of the movie’s pivotal scenes. Finally, check out The Hollywood Reporter’s dramatic television actresses roundtable with Elizabeth Olsen, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cynthia Erivo, and more. Read More »

Stuntmen React to Justice League

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 Corridor Crew and a couple of their stuntmen friends think of one of Wonder Woman‘s action sequences from Justice League. Plus, see the visual effects work that went into Netflix’s fantasy series adaptation of Shadow and Bone. And finally, take a closer look at the latest Star Wars LEGO set of the trusty droid R2-D2, complete with a buildable version of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Read More »

Charles Tait joined Weta Digital in 2000 as a Senior Compositor on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. In 2004, he was promoted to Compositing Supervisor and spent a year designing the look of King Kong’s rampage through New York in King Kong. Now, he has over 50 credits to his name, including AvatarRise of the Planet of the ApesThe Adventures of Tintin (during which he became Head of Compositing), and Prometheus. Charles transitioned into a Visual Effects Supervisor role on The Hobbit trilogy and worked on Deadpool, Avengers: Infinity WarAlita: Battle Angel, Game of Thrones, and, most recently, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

I recently had the chance to speak to Charlie about Weta Digital’s work on the Disney+ series and how they brought Sam Wilson’s high-flying action scenes to life.

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VFX Artists React to Godzilla vs Kong

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 VFX artists think about the movie magic used to bring the monster battles of Godzilla vs. Kong to life. Plus, a video essay from Patrick (H) Willems explores the trouble with trilogies like Star Wars and The Matrix and why it’s so difficult to give them a proper ending. And finally, take a fly through the gigantic Axiom space cruiser from Pixar’s WALL-E. Read More »

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Trailer Easter Eggs

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 look at nearly six dozen Easter eggs and comic book references from the first Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer. Plus, see what visual effects artists have to say about eruption scenes from Volcano, Dante’s Peak, Skyfire, and other volcano movies. And finally, watch a table read for Netflix’s Never Have I Ever with a sneak peek at the second season. Read More »

Godzilla vs. Kong 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, check out a Godzilla vs. Kong VFX breakdown showing off the tremendous detail that went into creating some of the shots of the massive monsters. Next, see what a couple of Marvel Studios stuntmen have to say about the work done on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and a couple more action sequences. And finally, take a look at a flashback featurette about the making of Zack Snyder‘s adaptation of 300. Read More »

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Harry Potter Visual Effects

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, Warner Bros. Pictures reveals the impressive digital effects used to create some of the sets, creatures, and spells of the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, quick-draw world champion Nicole “Fastdraw” Franks rates the realism of gunslinging scenes in movies and TV shows like Django Unchained and Westworld. And finally, find out how to make Kumandra Soup from Raya and the Last Dragon.
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