Cartoon fans will recognize Phil LaMarr as the man behind the voices of Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, and hundreds of other characters. Vanity Fair asked Phil to improvise 12 new character voices entirely based on their illustrations. If there’s one thing the clip proves is just how impressive his range is.
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One of the world’s leading shops for practical visual effects is Wellington, New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. If you need creatures, miniatures, vehicles, weapons, robots, or just about anything else, they’re your guys. Their 2020 reel showcases just a handful of their many incredible visual accomplishments over the years.
Wood Workshop shows off an interesting technique for making a vase with a unique design. The trick is to stack perpendicular layers of dowels, bathe them in resin to hold them together, then turn and carve them as a single unit on a lathe. You’d never know that pattern was there while it’s spinning.
(PG-13: Language) The Sony PS4 game Dreams lets players create their own games from scratch. But the latest from the creator of LittleBigPlanet might not have enough guard rails to keep people from designing complete garbage. At least that’s what Dunkey shows us in his demo of some user-submitted content.
Skydiving expert Angus Sellen takes us on a death-defying flight through some incredibly rocky ravines of Shark’s Tooth Mountain in New Zealand. The fisheye perspective of his GoPro MAX camera captured a truly immersive visual that’ll have you holding on for dear life.
Now that there’s hope that Hopper will return in Stranger Things 4, let’s take a moment to remember exactly why we love Hawkins’ mustachioed sheriff so much. This great reel posted by Netflix compiles some of his most entertaining and emotional moments throughout the show’s first three seasons.
If you’ve never seen Mongolian band The HU live, you owe it to yourself to do so. This video is the next best thing, as the throat-singing hard rockers perform an original song they created for the game Jedi: Fallen Order. Note that they’re not singing Mongolian here, but a unique language created for the Star Wars universe.
In this clip from Japanese metalsmith Swap Lamp, he shows us how to use an offset disc to mill repeating geometric patterns into a piece of metal. It takes a bit of manual work to re-position the workpiece, but the resulting design is something like a Spirograph would make if it could engrave metal instead of drawing on paper.
We headed to snowy Winter Park, Colorado with Rocky Mountain Redline to put AWD cars from Nissan, Dodge, FIAT, Acura, for some Honda through their paces for snowy autocross, drag racing, and donut-making fun. There were no winners or losers, just six great cars and crossovers, all of which can handle inclimate weather with aplomb.
“I do have a very active ulcer right now, so I don’t know if that’ll be an issue.” While on tour to promote his new film Downhill, Will Ferrell dropped by the First We Feast studios to enjoy (or not) some wings with Sean Evans. Can the man who ate spaghetti with Pop-Tarts and maple syrup survive the hottest of hot sauces?
Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee’s enchanting video observes Los Angeles from a new perspective. Watch in awe as dancer-choreographer Jason Chong appears to dance across the city’s overhead power lines. Now before you go calling the power company, the illusion was done using VFX trickery by Smith and Theo Alexopoulos.
Things get really, really strange as the world of Mortal Kombat is invaded by 1990s one-hit wonder Scatman John. Mashup maker DJ Cummerbund’s music video is equally as insane as the musical combination, which manages to bake in some Spice Girls and Nirvana for good measure.
Prima Power shows off the power and speed of one of its impressive fiber lasers. Their 6kW Laser Genius slices through sheet metal of varying thickness like a hot, razor-sharp knife through butter. We can’t believe how easily it got through that metal at 1:20. More laser porn here.
ILM takes us behind the scenes of The Mandalorian to see how visual effects tech developed in collaboration with Epic Games are used to create the series. Rather than shoot on location or in front of a green screen, the series uses a projection system to surround actors with digital scenery which can move in sync with a camera.
Gymkhana driver Ken Block shows off another awesome vehicle – this one being an off-roader optimized for the slopes. Ken walks us around this custom Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X RS Turbo RR as he prepares to tear up Baldface on its quick-moving Apache Backcountry LT snowtracks. We can’t wait to see the action video.
(PG-13: Language) From primitive games like Pong to today’s biggest shooters and RPGs, there’s a point at which game designers decide how their worlds will be structured. Videogamedunkey explores how gameplay dynamics and rules are born, and are ultimately refined.
In a first, Jetman Dubai pilot Vince Reffet combined both hovering and high-altitude aerobatic maneuvers in the same flight, as he took off over the water then headed towards the beachfront skyscrapers of the big city. During his 3-minute journey, he reached a peak altitude of more than 5900 feet, with speeds approaching 250 mph.
Remember the part of The Matrix where Neo took the red pill? What if he took the blue pill instead? Ctrl Shift Face and VFX artist Chris Ume make us wonder no longer, with the help of some deepfake tech. If the concept seems familiar, you might recall this mashup. VFX breakdown and comparison clip here.
Over the years, the Hydraulic Press Channel has smushed all kinds of stuff in their powerful industrial machines. Rather than having to dig through their YouTube channel for all of the best bits, they’ve compiled their favorite moments of destruction into one video. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the carnage.
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