Captain Marvel Visual Effects

Every single Marvel Studios movie is a blockbuster spectacle that is chock full of visual effects that bring the fantastical world of Marvel Comics to life on the big screen, and the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception. A new Captain Marvel visual effects featurette from Marvel Entertainment dives into the post-production process for creating the titular superhero’s photon energy blasts and other superpowers, the transformation of Skrulls, and the scene-stealing character Goose the Cat. In fact, you might be surprised to learn how little of the footage featuring Goose the cat used a real cat. Read More »

Marvel Movie Visual Effects - Spider-Man: Homecoming

Over the years, we’ve featured plenty of visual effects breakdowns for blockbusters movies. Many of the most impressive displays come from Marvel Studios, especially when it comes to creating entire environments from scratch, turning blue screen covered streets and scaffolds into a completely different location. Entire characters are created using a mix of visual effects and motion capture technology. It’s movie magic at its finest, and now a new video takes a look back at the years of outstanding Marvel movie visual effects by showing us what the film’s scenes looked like without them. Read More »

Alita Battle Angel 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 visual effects of Alita: Battle Angel came together to create the titular cyborg character. Plus, a video essay explores how music biopics have become stale because they keep adhering to the same formula, and you can get hours of relaxation from Big Mouth in the form of a bubble bath loop featuring the soothing voice of Maya Rudolph. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War 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, watch a compilation of visual effects breakdowns for Avengers: Infinity War, including some new glimpses behind the scenes we hadn’t seen before. Plus, find out why Valentine’s Day might be the worst romantic comedy ever made, and check out the cast of Isn’t It Romantic? answering the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War - Thanos

It’s been a great year for Marvel on the awards circuit. Not only is Black Panther a bonafide Academy Awards nominee for Best Picture, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been cleaning up on the animated front and Avengers: Infinity War has been getting some love on the technical side of things. Now two of the Marvel projects are being honored for their achievements in visual effects.

The 17th annual Visual Effects Society Awards were handed out this week, and Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse walked away with four awards each. But they weren’t the only blockbuster winners of the night. Get the full rundown of the 2019 Visual Effects Society Awards winners below. Read More »

Solo 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, find out how Lando Calrissian’s droid counterpart L3-37 was created by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn why science says that spoilers for movies might actually be good for you, and check out a vintage clip from Late Night with Conan O’Brien featuring Chris Farley at the height of his fame and a cameo by his buddy Adam Sandler. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp 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 an Ant-Man and the Wasp visual effects breakdown from key action sequences. Plus, Andy Samberg reveals some of the jokes written for his hosting stint on the Golden Globes that ended up being rejected, and Terry Crews goes undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter. Read More »

Ready Player One Visual Effects

Regardless of whether you ended up enjoying the pop culture extravaganza that was Ready Player One, it’s hard to deny that the visual effects used to bring the digital world of The OASIS to life were quite the visual spectacle. It’s all thanks to the wizards at Industrial Light and Magic, and the special effects house has released a breakdown showing the layers of the animation we saw on the big screen. It’s rather mind-blowing, especially when it comes to The Shining sequence. Read More »

How Pixar Makes Visual Effects

Pixar Animation is best known for creating heartwarming stories featuring memorable characters and stunning computer animation that changed the medium forever beginning with Toy Story all the way back in 1995. But before that, Pixar was already influencing cinema in another way.

Through the process of visual effects, Pixar has had a massive impact on blockbusters and the process of making the unbelievable seem believable every single year. In fact, Pixar is responsible for making 27 of the last 30 Oscar winners in Best Visual Effects possible, and it’s all thanks to a piece of software called RenderMan. Read More »

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Mortal Engines 5

Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers is a protege of filmmaker Peter Jackson, who co-wrote and co-produced this adaptation with his The Lord of the Rings collaborators. This is a tight-knit group, so it’s no surprise that when they needed a company to tackle the visual challenges of a movie about a city that eats other cities, they turned to New Zealand-based Weta Digital, who have consistently proven to be one of the best in the world.

Last week, I sat down with visual effects supervisor Ken McGaugh and animation supervisor Dennis Yoo to talk about how things have changed since The Lord of the Rings, if they’re affected by Peak TV, how to potentially fix one of the biggest problem in the VFX industry, and more. Read More »