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Recreating the Mind Flayer

Recreating the Mind Flayer

CGI animator Seth Worley shows us how to replicate the creepy Mind Flayer and its accompanying red lightning storm from Stranger Things using Adobe After Effects and a handful of Red Giant’s useful visual effects plugins. Now he needs to make the season 3 version of the monster inside of Starcourt Mall.

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.

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Matt Jones: Frames of Mind

Matt Jones: Frames of Mind

Freestyle MTB rider Matt Jones shows off some epic tricks out in the forest in Red Bull’s beautifully shot short film which uses rotoscoped multiple exposures to peer into Matt’s mind as he works out and improves each maneuver. That loop de loop was totally sick.

Subtle Visual Effects

Subtle Visual Effects

While WhatCulture sometimes mistakes compositing and rotoscoping for CGI, the video is still worth a watch, as they show off a dozen times that VFX artists managed to create illusions that were so seamlessly integrated that you’d never know they weren’t real.

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.”

NEBULA

NEBULA

Marcin Nowrotek’s abstract experimental short film was created with a Kinect sensor and volumetric digital effects to transform a scene of jazz musicians into the most beautiful music visualizer we’ve ever seen – as the sounds from the instruments influence the imagery.

87 Bounces

87 Bounces

(PG-13: Language) Jean wanted to try out his new basketball. Instead, he ends up taking us on a tour through his star-studded neighborhood, filled with the likes of Brick Tamland, The Dude and Superman. A silly short by Collectif HOTU.

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Mocking footage of Boston Dynamics taunting its Atlas robot, The VFX artists at Corridor envision a robotics company that subjects its humanoid robots to all kinds of indignities during testing. While Bosstown Dynamics’ robot has a high threshold for humiliation, he eventually snaps. Behind the scenes video here.

The Making of Star Wars

The Making of Star Wars

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope came out in May, 1977. A few months later, ABC aired this gem, a one-hour behind-the-scenes special which went inside the production, with hosts C-3PO and R2-D2. It’s a wonderful watch for any fan of the franchise, and serves as a great time capsule of pre-CGI visual effects.

Video Illusions Compilation

Video Illusions Compilation

Kevin Lustgarten shares a reel of some of his many clever and brain-bending scenes he’s created over the years. Most of the trickery is done with digital visual effects, but the resulting imagery is still really entertaining.

Vader vs. Kenobi Reimagined

Vader vs. Kenobi Reimagined

FXItInPost took a famous sequence from A New Hope, and reworked with new footage, clever editing, and VFX to make the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader far more thrilling. It’s impressive, but we couldn’t help but think about George Lucas endlessly reworking his classics.

Star Wars Ships on Earth

Star Wars Ships on Earth

We already have a pretty good idea how big the ships of Star Wars would have been if they actually existed. But Corridor decided to give us a bit more context, superimposing life-size CGI models ships over locations on Earth. The Death Star is way smaller than we thought.

The VFX of Game of Thrones

The VFX of Game of Thrones

After showcasing the prosthetics, stunts, and camerawork of Game of Thrones, HBO goes behind the scenes with the VFX artists who put the icing on the cake -transforming all of those building blocks into the most spectacular sequences ever seen on television.

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Hello World

Hello World

“Oh, will I find a love? Or a power plug?” Louie Zong wanted to test a program that synthesized a singing voice out of text. He ended up making an adorable bossa nova song about a digital computer filled with existential thoughts.

How Spider-Verse Was Made

How Spider-Verse Was Made

Wired spoke with Danny Dimian, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Josh Beveridge, Head of Character Animation for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse about the movie’s art style, how the animation and effects reflect the characters and scenes, and more.

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

Keep Your Eye on the Marble

5MadMovieMakers used some fun video tricks to keep the steel marble in this clip perfectly centered as it makes its way through a twisty, turny Quercetti Skyrail roller coaster track. Try playing the video a second time with your finger on the ball.

Everyday Objects in Macro 2

Everyday Objects in Macro 2

Macro Room calls this video “Everyday Objects From Inside”, but it’s more of a continuation of their Everyday Objects in Macro. Except this time, all of the shots are zooming out from impossibly tight angles. We’d really love to know how they did it.

Sketches

Sketches

A computer keyboard and mouse pointer take turns manipulating real-world objects, clothespins take flight, and nothing else is quite what it seems in animator Tomin’s playful, cgi-augmented short film.

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

It is the distant future… the year 2000… the robots have taken our jobs… and are dancing about it. The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ track Free Yourself, from directors DOM&NIC and effects house The Mill will take you on quite the ride. Boogie! Roboboogie!

CGI: The Awkward Years

CGI: The Awkward Years

These days, we’re accustomed to such seamless and realistic visual effects on the big screen and even some TV series that we’ve become pretty jaded by CGI. But one look at Diane Bullock’s reel of 1990’s movie VFX should serve as a reminder of just how good we’ve got it today.

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Guillermo del Toro: Monster Magic

Guillermo del Toro: Monster Magic

Kaptainkristian looks at how director Guillermo del Toro designs and presents monsters in his films. Using quotes from the director himself, the film essayist identifies the key elements of a del Toro monster, including transformation and the use of prosthetics and motion actors.

The True Scale of the Universe

The True Scale of the Universe

Corridor Crew wanted to give us a better way to visualize the scale of the size of the universe. So they shrunk Earth down to the size of a tennis ball (1:190,000,000) and compared it to the planets in our Solar System, as well as some of the biggest stars in our galaxy.

Fast Travel in Real Life

Fast Travel in Real Life

Getting from place to place in video game worlds can be a drag. Hence the inclusion of overview maps and teleportation to zip your character over long distances quickly. Nukazooka envisions same tech applied to the real world. We’d just use it to skip traffic jams.

How to Walk on Walls

How to Walk on Walls

For his latest “Quick D” clip, Captain Disillusion looks at why we enjoy watching people walk on walls in video and cinema. He goes on to present a few very different ways to replicate the effect on screen, some significantly more costly and complex than others.

The Greatest One Shot Fight Scene

The Greatest One Shot Fight Scene

In RocketJump’s short film, Freddie Wong contacts his best super agent to retrieve his movie tickets, leading to an absolutely and undeniably “one shot” fight scene that parodies action movie moves. It’s technically true though.

Outside

Outside

3D artist Vladimir Tomin imagined what it would be like if we could edit and manipulate real world objects as if they were 3D models. Watch as an omnipotent cursor stretches, bends, generates, multiplies and generally messes with stuff.

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