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 »

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 »

Industrial Light and Magic 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, Industrial Light and Magic shows off the extensive work they put into some of the year’s biggest blockbuster. See what they created for movies like Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Will any of these Industrial Light and Magic visual effects showcases win them an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects? Read More »

2018 Best Visual Effects Oscar Nominees

We’re in the heart of awards season now, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is in the process of whittling down some of their categories to a shortlist of potential Oscar nominees that Academy members will vote on early next year. The latest category to get the shortlist treatment involves visual effects, and the race includes some key blockbuster contenders like Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One. But there are a couple surprises as well.

Get the full shortlist of potential Best Visual Effects Oscar nominees below. Read More »

ILM TV

Award-winning visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic announced today that they’ve launched a brand new division. ILM TV will, as the name suggests, serve the “streaming and episodic television market” and expand the ILM brand beyond theaters and the VR projects of ILMxLab.

The first shows that ILM TV are slated to work on are SyFy’s Superman prequel series Krypton and Disney Play’s upcoming live-action Star Wars show The Mandalorian. Read More »

Deadpool 2 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, check out a visual effects breakdown from Deadpool 2. Plus, the first part in a new video essay series explores how Transformers director Michael Bay is a true American auteur, and Natalie Portman breaks down her career from early turns in films like Léon: The Professional to her more recent roles on the big screen. Read More »

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Black Mirror 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, Phil Lord & Chris Miller break down a “lost clip” from The LEGO Movie for a screenwriting lecture. Plus, a visual effects reel highlights the digital work that went into an episode of Black Mirror, and Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan recalls some of his most iconic characters from film and television. Read More »