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The Signal

The Signal

Written and directed by Marcus Stokes, this short science fiction film takes us to a future in which a new energy source designed to solve the energy crisis has deadly side effects, and its inventor goes underground to warn the public.

Inside Unreal: VFX Part 1

Inside Unreal: VFX Part 1

While the video is a little technical, it’s still worth watching this series to check out the incredible VFX that Unreal Engine 4 is capable of, along with an appreciation for the effort that goes into creating game details we take for granted.

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Mexican Standoff

Mexican Standoff

(NSFW: Language) Two cops catch up to their target but quickly find themselves at an impasse. Freddie Wong and crew combine their visual effects comedy with Key & Peele’s punchline-stretching humor.

Telescope

Telescope

In the year 2183 Earth has been reduced to a cloud of cosmic dust. A space archeologist uses his time-traveling telescope ship to catch a glimpse of our planet in its former glory. A visual feast by VFX artist Wes Ball.

Keloid

Keloid

Keloid isn’t really a short film but a series of loosely connected scenes strung together. It’s filled with bad-ass war machines and creepy living dolls though. A visual feast by VFX studio Big Lazy Robot.

Plain Sight

Plain Sight

What seem like ordinary aerial shots gradually fragment. Parts of it freeze in time and turn into gigantic photographs. It seems as if artist Theo Tagholm is visualizing the act of watching a video in Plain Sight.

Niko’s Phone

Niko’s Phone

We may have already handed over our lives to Grand Theft Auto V, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still love you, Niko Bellic. Watch as GTA IV’s protagonist drops his phone, and the good times that ensue for the guy who finds it.

Ballpoint Barber

Ballpoint Barber

Watch a man inside a photograph manipulate his hair, beard and moustache a la Wooly Willy in this excellent reverse stop-motion short by Peter Simon. The song is by Paul Otteson. Take a look behind the scenes here.

Danielle

Danielle

Watch a young girl age ever so gradually before your eyes. Anthony Cerniello shot portraits of his friend’s family then had the images animated and morphed together to create this amazing artificial time-lapse. More here.

I Don’t Need a Reason

I Don’t Need a Reason

(NSFW) Director Emile Sornin knows that kids today have the attention span of infants, so he used looping segments ready to be turned into animated gifs or viral Vine clips for the music video of Dizzee Rascal’s catchy UK single.

Salience

Salience

A visual treat featuring invisible figures in a forest being revealed by bursts of colored powder. Paul Trillo and his crew shot Salience at 1500fps using a Phantom Miro camera. Check out the behind the scenes video here.

Game of Thrones Season 3 VFX

Game of Thrones Season 3 VFX

(SPOILERS) Check some of the visual effects done by Canadian studio Spin VFX for the third season of Game of Thrones, including Mance Rayder’s camp, the Wall climbing scenes and the shots of the direwolves.

Land of Giants

Land of Giants

A once advanced civilization is reduced to ruins when a race of supernatural beings deprives man of electricity. This proof of concept for a TV series or feature film is a mix of Western, science fiction and fantasy.

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Wolverine vs. Predator

Wolverine vs. Predator

Weapon X goes up against a warrior loaded with weapons and high tech gadgets. But will those gizmos be enough to defeat someone who can literally come back from the dead? Find out in Super Power Beat Down’s latest episode.

The Gravity Gun (Live-Action)

The Gravity Gun (Live-Action)

While you can now buy your very own Half-Life 2 Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, we much prefer the version that actually picks stuff up – even if it is just through the magic of special effects from the guys at Corridor Digital.

Skyhook

Skyhook

Freddie Wong tends to make a mess of his dates. He wants a sure fire way of getting out in case he screws up again. He turns to Lucius Fox for help. He should have taken dating tips from Bruce Wayne instead.

Honda: Hands

Honda: Hands

Like fellow Japanese giant Sony, Honda lives and dies by its engineers. The company pays tribute to its most prized assets in this simple but powerful commercial. If only inventing stuff was this easy.

Weighting

Weighting

A short film that both depicts and serves as a metaphor of breakups. The brief dialogue is overly dramatic, but you won’t notice or care because of the film’s constant motion and tricks. At once hilarious and heartbreaking.

How to Train Your Robot

How to Train Your Robot

A trainer shadow-boxes with a huge robot that mimics movements, like the ‘bot in Real Steel. The hunk of steel should require his trainers to know about a thing called “reach”. Made by students at the Platige Academy.

Batman vs. Deadpool

Batman vs. Deadpool

(NSFW, Gore) The Merc with a Mouth goes head-to-head against the Dark Knight in Super Power Beat Down’s latest episode. Skip to 2:25 for the battle. Their production is top-notch, but we didn’t care for the Catwoman scenes.

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Link’s Shadow

Link’s Shadow

(Gore) A band of unlucky – but also dim-witted – hunters encounter an opponent way out of their league. Village elders, heroes and hardened gamers tremble at the mention of his name: Dark Link.

Live-Action Smash Bros. 300%

Live-Action Smash Bros. 300%

Capt. Falcon, Link, Ness and Solid Snake duke it out. YouTuber pwnisher and his friends worked for a total of a year and a half to make this live-action version of Nintendo’s hit brawler.

Balls of Steel

Balls of Steel

Superman decides to teach a criminal a lesson he’ll never forget. Or recover from. If you think about it, the thug is pretty strong. We would’ve been atomized instantly.

First Person vs. Third Person

First Person vs. Third Person

Corridor Digital made an exciting live-action version of the Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer mode in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The Mercs have better weapons, while the stealthy Spies bounce around the map. Who will win?

Oscillate

Oscillate

Daniel Sierra’s thesis animation for his MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Daniel wanted to illustrate the fact that all sound can be broken down into sine waves. More on his website.

First Person Lightsaber Duel 2

First Person Lightsaber Duel 2

Darth Vader hunts down two unlucky Jedi in The Stunt People’s follow-up to their viral hit. If you want more, pledge to their Kickstarter to help fund a mini-series. Best watched in full screen and high-def with headphones on.

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