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Effects

Real or CGI?

Real or CGI?

Caravane, Camille Boyer, and Nik Mirus created Club Palace – a mindbender of a video which toys with our perceptions, and will make you wonder if it was created with computer graphics, miniatures, or some combination of the two. Your answer can be found here.

Bonobo: No Reason

Bonobo: No Reason

Reminiscent of the best in-camera visual trickery of the mighty Michel Gondry, director Oscar Hudson’s incredible music video for Bonobo and Nick Murphy’s chillwave track was created using forced perspectives with “a very small camera… and a very big set.”

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Making Planets from Soap Bubbles

Making Planets from Soap Bubbles

For his latest video, practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows off how the prismatic effect that occurs on the surface of soap bubbles can be lit and captured to make it look like the gaseous clouds swirling around a planet.

Lexus: Strobe

Lexus: Strobe

Directed by Alec Berg as part of Lexus’ Amazing in Motion series, dozens of stuntmen were rigged up all over Kuala Lumpur in LED suits to give the illusion of a single parkour athlete crossing the city. Behind the scenes footage here.

Budget Bullet Time

Budget Bullet Time

Our pal Mark Rober always wanted to shoot Matrix-style “bullet time” footage, but never had the rig to do it right. But somehow he managed to pull it off with a GoPro Hero3, two flashlights, a wood turntable and a ceiling fan motor.

Yoshiya Yamada VFX Reel

Yoshiya Yamada VFX Reel

Pro CGI artist Yoshiya Yamada shows off some of his most impressive VFX work, from films including The Avengers, Battle: Los Angeles, and X-Men: Wolverine. Man how far we’ve come since TRON.

Airplane Shutter Speed Trick

Airplane Shutter Speed Trick

Using the same effect as we saw with syncing a cameras shutter speed with a helicopter’s rotors, here’s a similarly unreal shot as an ATR-72 takes off and it looks like its propellers aren’t spinning.

Plot Device

Plot Device

A young filmmaker adds an extra gadget to his Amazon cart and gets more than he bargained for. A clever way to advertise Magic Bullet Suite 11, the effects package used to embellish this short film.

Clock Blockers

Clock Blockers

The guys behind this brain-twisting video describe the clip as what might happen if the time-bending game Braid were a first-person shooter. Confused? Ask the creators your questions over on Reddit.

Fire Hands

Fire Hands

We can always count on Freddie Wong to lighten our day with his fun, effects-filled videos. In today’s short and fiery clip, we learn why Freddie should never pleasure himself.

Boardwalk Empire VFX

Boardwalk Empire VFX

Despite the fact that HBO’s Boardwalk Empire takes place during the 1920s, it’s a very high-tech production. This brief reel shows off some of Brainstorm Digital’s incredible VFX work.

Time Warp (Video)

Time Warp (Video)

This live-action/CGI short film was created by Uira Lamour for his graduation project using a Canon 5D, 3Ds max, Vray, Rayfire, Zbrush, Nuke and After Effects. We think he deserves an A+.

Tilt-Shift Coachella

Tilt-Shift Coachella

Photographer Sam O’Hare makes all the attendees at this year’s Coachella festival look really, really tiny, courtesy of the now familiar tilt-shift lens – used to perfect effect in this setting.

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Waiting for the End

Waiting for the End

While we’re not big Linkin Park fans, this music video directed by DJ Joe Hahn is definitely worth a watch. Created using laser scanning techniques, the video’s a real stunner. The song… meh.

HDR Video Demo

HDR Video Demo

We’ve all seen incredible photos shot using HDR (high dynamic range) techniques, but this cool video shows what happens when you shoot HDR video, using a pair of Canon 5D Mark II dSLRs.

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