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Transformers Transforming

Transformers Transforming

The primary reason to watch Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, packed in 10 minutes. YouTuber Tunglebrek compiled most of the transformation sequences from the first three movies in one video. Uncompressed copy here.

Visual Effects Oscar Winners

Visual Effects Oscar Winners

A compilation of famous scenes from the movies that won the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category. Made by filmmaker & video essayist Nelson Carvajal. Our money’s on he Desolation of Smaug or Gravity for this year.

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The Shining Minus Grady

The Shining Minus Grady

(SPOILERS) After taking Tyler Durden out of Fight Club, Richard Trammell takes his talents to Overlook Hotel. Here he removes the specter of Delbert Grady as he talks to Jack about “correcting” people.

Iron Man 3: Mansion Destruction

Iron Man 3: Mansion Destruction

Iron Man 3 was one of the disappointments of 2013, but its silly plot doesn’t mean it wasn’t chockful of impressive VFX artistry, as is evidenced in this breakdown of the destruction of Tony Stark’s mansion from Scanline VFX.

The Wolf of Wall Street VFX

The Wolf of Wall Street VFX

If you think visual effects are only used in science fiction and fantasy genres, check out the work that VFX studio Brainstorm Digital did for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. What’s even real anymore?

VFX Showreel: David Horsley

VFX Showreel: David Horsley

An amazing reel of CGI work by digital artist David Horsley and his peers, including behind the scenes footage from Enders Game, Life of Pi, Happy Feet and others. Horsley is currently working on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Fight Club Minus Durden

Fight Club Minus Durden

(NSFW: Language, SPOILERS) Richard Trammell edited a pivotal scene in Fight Club – where Tyler Durden challenges the unnamed protagonist to a fist fight for the first time – to show what happened from an outsider’s point of view.

Boggie: Nouveau Parfum

Boggie: Nouveau Parfum

The music video for Boggie’s single Nouveau Parfum presents post-production in real time. Hungarian video collective The Soup used a combination of makeup, lighting and digital effects to create the fictional editing software.

Gorilla Wayfare

Gorilla Wayfare

Freddie Wong got together with Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? to replicate technology found in the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Perhaps it’s the thick coat of gorilla fur that protects them from the explosive barrels in the game.

Pacific Rim Hong Kong Battle VFX

Pacific Rim Hong Kong Battle VFX

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and 32Ten Studios talk about how they built the pulse-pounding Hong Kong battle scene in Pacific Rim. ILM also has a couple more Pacific Rim behind-the-scenes videos on its YouTube channel.

Zach King’s Vine Magic Tricks

Zach King’s Vine Magic Tricks

YouTuber FarlyTeem compiled the magic tricks posted by Zach King aka FinalCutKing on Vine. Many of the tricks are simple edits, but at least a few of them are clever and will leave you scratching your head.

NZTA: Mistakes

NZTA: Mistakes

Two drivers dish out their alibis for their bad road habits. Unfortunately, they will never have the time for the actual conversation to take place. A harrowing anti-speeding advisory for the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Cardboard Warfare 2.5

Cardboard Warfare 2.5

(NSFW: Language) The war of the boxes escalates to the skies in Cardboard Warfare 2.5: World of Warplanes, the latest action-packed short film from the RocketJump crew. It’s a shameless plug for World of Warplanes, but we don’t care.

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Film vs. Digital

Film vs. Digital

Think you can still tell the difference between film and video? Filmmaker Joey Shanks shows off how close the two have gotten, capturing takes of the same visuals with a Canon 7E 35mm and a 5D Mk.II digital camera with filters applied.

The Really Epic Split

The Really Epic Split

Sorry Channing Tatum, but a virtual Chuck Norris is enough to shut your copycat down. Visual effects studio DelovDigital imagines how JCVD’s viral commercial would’ve turned out it Volvo got Chuck to do it.

Traffic Sorted by Color

Traffic Sorted by Color

Cy Kuckenbacker continues his San Diego Studies series. This time he compressed and edited a four-minute shot of San Diego traffic, reorganizing the passing vehicles according to their color. More here.

Wholock

Wholock

Sherlock Holmes hit a dead end in his search for a mysterious doctor. Turns out all he had to do was wait. John Smith intricately combined scenes from the two hit BBC series to make this neat video. The VFX breakdown is just as cool.

Miss Pong

Miss Pong

Yes, the ping pong knife trick video was debunked as being done with VFX, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. Now the Tumba Ping Pong Show ups the ante, this time embracing the visual trickery.

Our Drone Future

Our Drone Future

Alex Cornell presents a short film about a dystopic future in which civilian territory is monitored by highly intelligent and imperious UAVs with Watch_Dogs-like abilities. Worse, Adobe updates are still around. Dammit.

Every Fighting Game, Ever.

Every Fighting Game, Ever.

…also known as “Tekken with Friends.” Rocket Jump visualizes some of the dick moves that we pull off when playing fighting video games. Here’s a tip from Uncle Sensei: download Divekick. Problem solved.

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Sign Spinner Ninja

Sign Spinner Ninja

“You wanna pizz-a me?” We know that some sign spinners have mad skills, but Papa Roni’s rep takes it to the next level. And so does Papa Roni himself. Another funny and action-packed short from Corridor Digital.

iDiots

iDiots

Big Lazy Robot steps away from frightening glimpses of a grim future with this much lighter but cynical take on the negative and homogenizing effects of technology. Don’t take it too seriously. We all have an iDiot inside of us.

The Four Players: The Fixer

The Four Players: The Fixer

The Four Players is a mini-series by YouTube gaming channel Polaris. It re-imagines familiar video game characters with a darker and more serious tone. You can watch the rest here. The Soldier kicks ass.

White Ranger vs. Scorpion

White Ranger vs. Scorpion

Super Power Beat Down pits a Power Ranger against an undead ninja. Tommy was kind enough not to use his giant robot, while Scorpion was kind enough to wait while his opponent summoned his sword. Skip to 4:08 for the battle.

Creating the Cosmos

Creating the Cosmos

Joey Shanks shows off a simple, yet clever method for creating images of simulated cosmic bodies, using sheets of glass, food coloring, and milk. Our favorite trick is how he uses dust particles for the stars.

The Ping Pong Knife Trick Explained

The Ping Pong Knife Trick Explained

Remember the daring carnival trick involving ping pong paddles, a girl and knives? Viral video vigilante Captain Disillusion reveals that the video has two more crucial ingredients: visual effects and a piece of string.

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