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The Evolution of Visual Effects

The Evolution of Visual Effects

Editor Jim Casey takes us on a breakneck ride from the late 19th century to modern day, illustrating the dramatic advancements in visual effects making over the years, paying homage to the early effects masters who paved the way.

Darth Maul vs. Jedi

Darth Maul vs. Jedi

A short fan-made fight sequence between the dual-wielding Sith Lord and a group of Jedi. What was the point of waiting you guys?! Also, how come no one’s ever thought of pulling off a Force Crotch Punch or Force Eye Poke?

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The Whirlwind Technique

The Whirlwind Technique

An oldie but a goodie from Freddie Wong, in which he shows off his impressive rapid-fire baseball batting technique. Given who it is in the video, we’re gonna guess it was VFX, not talent or luck, that helped him hit all those balls.

Harry Potter vs Star Wars

Harry Potter vs Star Wars

(NSFW: Language, Gore) Fantasy collides with science fiction in this hilarious and action-packed battle by Danny and Michael Philippou. The video’s still image gives away the victor, but it’s still worth watching.

Sniper Pug

Sniper Pug

(Gore) As his team embarks on a dangerous mission, a soldier questions the qualifications of their sniper, Sgt. Pugsley. Mostly because he’s a dog. A funny slapstick short by TomSka.

Chalk Warfare 3.0

Chalk Warfare 3.0

The latest episode of SoKrispyMedia’s Chalk Warfare sees combatants draw weapons from popular video games, movies and even YouTube channels. To future chalk warriors: soak yourself in water before you fight.

Bie The Ska: VFX Tricks

Bie The Ska: VFX Tricks

Like Zach King, Thai comedian Bie The Ska loves to share short clips of illusions that involve visual effects and camera tricks. The difference is that Bie is insanely pleased with himself. WHOOOOAAAAA

Para l l el

Para l l el

What if mankind disappeared? Menilmonde extend the creepy concept that they started with Hypocentre in Para l l el, showing different cities around the world devoid of people. Very unsettling. Watch the making of here.

Construct (Teaser)

Construct (Teaser)

Construct is a short science fiction film created by VFX/CG supervisor Kevin Margo that showcases advancements in computer generated graphics hardware and software. We’re looking forward to seeing the film in its entirety.

NHDK

NHDK

We’ve seen Victor Enrich’s surreal images of different buildings. This time he focused on a single hotel, modifying it 88 ways using 3D modeling software. You can view stills and buy prints of the images on Victor’s website.

The Birth of the Lightsaber

The Birth of the Lightsaber

George Lucas, Mark Hamill and sound designer Ben Burtt talk about the conceptual and technical aspects of the most famous movie weapon of all time, the lightsaber. The documentary includes a lot of behind-the-scenes clips.

Most Influential VFX Reel

Most Influential VFX Reel

Digital compositor Roger Serrabassa put together this eye-popping compilation of over 200 of the most stunning visual effects sequences in films since the 1980s. While not every film is a classic, the effects are impressive.

Action Movie Kid

Action Movie Kid

DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto adds visual effects to candid clips of his 3-year-old kid James, giving life to his and his son’s imagination onscreen. James’ kids will think their dad is a god.

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Close Call

Close Call

Freddie Wong walks around like a total self-absorbed Glasshole, doing what many of us already do when using our smartphones and walking. We’re not worried. We’re going to wait for the direct optical implant version anyhow.

Food Fight!

Food Fight!

A food fight breaks out, but it’s not what you think. Bananas, carrots, loaves of bread, heads of lettuce and other seemingly healthy edibles become deadly weapons in this silly action video from The Dominic Show.

Room 8

Room 8

A new prisoner finds himself sharing a cell with a man who has an… unusual invention. James W. Griffiths and Sophie Venner won the 2014 BAFTA British Short Film award for Room 8. Written by Geoffrey S. Fletcher (Precious).

The Great Chewing Gum Cat

The Great Chewing Gum Cat

How would you describe the experience of chewing gum? We’re not sure we’d go beyond “meh.” But Lotte thinks that their long-lasting Fit gum will make you feel like you have your own Catbus. So… what’s in the gum?

Master Chief vs. Captain America

Master Chief vs. Captain America

(Gore) Super Power Beat Down wisely does away with setting up a plot and goes straight to the point in this episode. It looks like the Helicarrier’s numerous crashes finally took its toll on SHIELD’s budget.

Superman with a GoPro

Superman with a GoPro

Superman finds a GoPro and decides to have fun with it before returning it to its owner. Corridor Digital presents a day in the Man of Steel’s life from his point of view. Hey lady, Clark’s eyes are up here!

HUVr: Belief

HUVr: Belief

We’ve been waiting since 1989 for Hoverboards to become reality. In this promo for HUVrTech, Tony Hawk and other celebs get to try out the world’s first functional hoverboard. Yes, it all looks like VFX trickery, but we want to believe.

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Life After Pi (Full)

Life After Pi (Full)

The full documentary about VFX studio Rhythm & Hues, which won an Oscar for Life of Pi yet went bankrupt because of Hollywood’s unfair business practices. This is just one chapter of a longer documentary called Hollywood Ending.

Chet Faker: Talk is Cheap

Chet Faker: Talk is Cheap

The Sledgehammer-esque music video for Talk is Cheap, by electronica artist Nicholas James Murphy aka Chet Faker, from his album Built on Glass. Toby & Pete made Chet live through four seasons in pseudo-time lapse stop-motion.

Gravity VFX

Gravity VFX

The award-winning visual effects studio Framestore gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the work they did for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Watch and you’ll wonder why the movie isn’t classified as as animated film.

Speed Skating x Mario Kart

Speed Skating x Mario Kart

(Gore) YouTuber Michael Shanks aka Timtimfed makes speed skating a lot more fun – and lethal – by adding the power ups from Mario Kart. If this was the case winning a medal would be just a side effect of staying alive.

Life After Pi (Trailer)

Life After Pi (Trailer)

At the same time that Rhythm & Hues‘ incredible VFX propelled Life of Pi to an Oscar win, the company was going bankrupt. This documentary goes behind the dark truths of Hollywood’s commoditization of the visual effects industry.

Birth of Man

Birth of Man

This animated/live-action concept footage gives us an inkling of what Brandon Laatsch is imagining for an epic feature-length film inspired by the world of Minecraft. Support the project on Kickstarter and watch the teaser in HD here.

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