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Faking Moving Vehicles in Movies and TV

Faking Moving Vehicles in Movies and TV

Making a parked car look like it’s driving can be as simple as projecting a moving background. But making it shake, dive, and roll produces a more realistic illusion. Insider visited NAC Effects to learn how they use motion control rigs to simulate movement and combine those with old-school effects like towing and airbags.

Futuremmercials 2177 Vol. 1

Futuremmercials 2177 Vol. 1

Filmmaker Davy Force was commissioned to make a series of TV commercials from the future for the video game Journey to the Savage Planet. He’s compiled a video of some of these ridiculous ads, which are like a live-action version of Rick and Morty’s Interdimensional Cable. Some days we could really a pack of Brain Wipes.

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Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

There are lots of scenes in movies and TV shows where they show enormous stacks of cash. But there’s a fine line between on-screen realism and illegal counterfeiting. Insider takes a look at how prop companies produce fake bills, and one of the times they got in trouble for being too good at their jobs.

Pitching Offensive Kids’ Toys

Pitching Offensive Kids’ Toys

The guys at Corridor Crew thought it was time to expand their repertoire beyond being VFX artists and into product design. So they came up with the idea of creating a line of toys that nobody in their right mind would put into production. Then they pitched their concepts to a group of similarly fake investors.

Nestflix

Nestflix

TV shows and movies sometimes make reference to fake shows on background screens or in dialogue. Designer Lynn Fisher cataloged over 400 of these shows within shows on Nestflix, which includes such gems as 30 Rock’s The Rural Juror, Sunrise Bay from Schitt’s Creek, and Angels with Filthy Souls from Home Alone.

Trojan Peas

Trojan Peas

Don’t you hate it when you go to get some ice cream from the freezer, and it turns out one of your housemates has already gobbled it all down? H√§agen-Dazs Australia sympathizes, so they came up with this fake bag of frozen peas for you to hide your dessert treats inside of.

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys

Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans and Obvious Plant fame will showcase more than 100 wonderfully flawed, weird, and downright stupid toys in a pop-up exhibit of his own Museum of Toys. The show runs 3/1-3/17/19 at 2270 Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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Debunking the Flying Phone

Debunking the Flying Phone

A while back, a video made the rounds showing what was supposedly a flying phone case. We figured it was fake, but as Mark Rober and Captain Disillusion point out, it also scammed people out of cash. Keep an eye on Peter Sripol’s channel for his WORKING version.

Garden Defense Helicopter

Garden Defense Helicopter

(NSFW: Language) We like to keep a cool head, but some pesky garden bugs could really use some termination with extreme prejudice. Like many awesome gadgets however, the tiny but mean UH-60 is obviously too good to be true.

Lunchablez

Lunchablez

(NSFW: Language) While it’s not quite as nasty as that Skittles commercial, that doesn’t mean this supposedly banned 1996 Lunchables commercial didn’t make us spit out our lunch meat laughing.

Harry Potter as a Teen Comedy

Harry Potter as a Teen Comedy

Looks like the fact that there won’t be any more Harry Potter movies is starting to sink in.’Thewlis Rox’ @davidthewlis.net helps us cope with a clever re-imagining of the Half-Blood Prince.

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