i am mother featurette

I Am Mother is now streaming on Netflix, and whatever you might think of the sci-fi film, you have to admit: the robot at the center of the story looks pretty darn cool. That robot is the creation of Weta Workshop, the special effects and prop company founded by Peter Jackson and made famous by the Lord of the Rings franchise, and Fin Design + Effects. In a new I Am Mother featurette below, see how Weta worked hard to make the film’s robot look as real as possible.

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district 9 board game

Weta Workshop and Trishula Entertainment have teamed up to develop a District 9 board game based on the acclaimed 2009 sci-fi film directed by Neil Blomkamp. But this time, instead of taking place from the perspective of a scared company field agent who finds himself turning into one of the much-maligned Prawns, the board game will allow you to play as a soldier bent on raiding and suppressing the aliens. All in good fun?

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the wandering earth featurettes

The Wandering Earth is an astounding achievement for China — not just in being the country’s very first sci-fi blockbuster, but for its out-of-this-world visual effects.

The jaw-dropping effects were created by a cabal of visual effects studios, including Peter Jackson’s famous Weta Workshop, which was behind the Lord of the Rings series, and Pixomondo, which created the dragons for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Two featurettes from both companies delve into the making of the global hit, which has quietly become 2019’s highest-grossing film worldwide.

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teddy bears are for lovers movie

Valentine’s Day may be over, but the nightmare of forgotten exes will never die. In fact, it may come back to stab you in the leg.

Two years ago, a viral short film made in the vein of Gremlins caught the eye of the internet,  and of Lost and Cloverfield cinematographer Michael Bonvillain. We wrote about the funny and smart horror short Teddy Bears Are For Lovers when it was released in 2016, which offered a premise — of vengeful teddy bears from ex-lovers — that was good enough to be a feature film. And lo and behold, Bonvillain will be turning this great short into a bonafide feature film.

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