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Digital Acne Treatment

Digital Acne Treatment

There are real-world treatments for acne sufferers, but if you’re looking for a virtual solution, check out this demo from Rousselos Aravantinos, who shows us how he dramatically improved a model’s skin using visual effects, preserving all the proper shadows and light.

World’s Longest Lightsaber

World’s Longest Lightsaber

The guys from Corridor have a bit of fun with their VFX skills, creating a “working” lightsaber which quickly gets out of hand when they start playing with the length of its plasma beam. You know it’s not the size of your saber, but the way you use it, kids.

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Marble Sorting Machine Debunked

Marble Sorting Machine Debunked

By now, just about everyone on the internet has seen the video of the Plinko-like machine that appears to magically sort thousands of colored marbles neatly into a rainbow. We always figured it was fake, and now Captain Disillusion explains how he thinks it was done.

The Size of SpaceX Rockets

The Size of SpaceX Rockets

Most of the footage of SpaceX’s rockets are shot from far away, with little to no context to their size. Corridor Crew thought it would be nice to stack them up next to buildings so we can appreciate just how amazing it is that these babies can land and be reused.

Elemental

Elemental

Armand Dijcks took still photos of water taken by fellow photographer Ray Collins and then animated and looped each one of them. The results are mesmerizing cinemagraphs that are at once crisp and fluid. Check out Armand’s site for more cinemagraphs.

Making Black Panther’s Visual Effects

Making Black Panther’s Visual Effects

Wired spoke with Method Studios’ Visual Effects Supervisor Daryl Sawchuk for a glimpse at how the company made the visual effects for Black Panther‘s suits as well as the climactic battle. It never ceases to amaze us how much of movies these days are CGI.

True Solo

True Solo

While the early buzz is that Alden Ehrenreich does a solid job playing young Han Solo, Harrison Ford’s shoes will certainly be hard ones to fill. Thanks to video wiz Nick Acosta, we’ve got a little taste of what that Solo spin-off movie might look like.

ARTURO

ARTURO

Animator Alessandro Bavari assaults our eyes, ears, and brains with this headbanging short film starring a disembodied digital head that gets pounded repeatedly by bass rhythms for nearly 7 minutes, distorting its form to the driving beat.

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Captain Disillusion takes on another seemingly impossible viral video, though it takes him at least 37 seconds before he’s able to figure out how motion artist Kiyan Forootan pulled off the illusion of a see-through dancing character. Basically, Kiyan is a computer graphics master.

Spike Jonze x Apple HomePod

Spike Jonze x Apple HomePod

Whether or not you’re an Apple fan, you’ve got to appreciate the amazing creativity in director Spike Jonze’s “Welcome Home” promo spot for the tech giant’s new HomePod speaker. We’re dying to see a BTS of how they pulled off all the stretchy practical effects.

The VFX of “I, Tonya”

The VFX of “I, Tonya”

There’s a lot of talk about the performances in Craig Gillespie’s dark comedy I, Tonya, but the film wouldn’t be what it was without the skating scenes. Here’s an inside look at the effects work from Eight VFX, who helped make it look like Margot Robbie was an olympic athlete.

Blade Runner 2049: VFX Breakdown

Blade Runner 2049: VFX Breakdown

We’ve seen how they made some of the eye candy in Blade Runner 2049, but this 10-minute clip from VFX house Framstore offers a plethora of effects breakdowns from Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction spectacular, from close-up character work to giant CGI set pieces.

Ragdoll Man

Ragdoll Man

Nukazooka pokes fun at the wonky ragdoll physics of games like Goat Simulator with this live-action VFX clip about a young man whose body behaves just like the characters in those video games. Fortunately, he’s got the power of invincibility too.

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If Minifigs Turned into Zombies

If Minifigs Turned into Zombies

VFX artist and LEGO fanatic Nicholas “Nixolas” King envisions how a zombie uprising might go if all of the undead were minifigs, along the way proving that World War Z would have been so much better as a LEGO movie.

Captain D: Invisible Box Challenge

Captain D: Invisible Box Challenge

Remember that video of the cheerleader who looked like she stepped over a non-existent box? There’s nothing to debunk here according to Captain Disillusion, so instead, he shows those of us without the strength and balance how to fake it with VFX anyway.

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

The Shape of Water VFX Reel

(Spoilers) A look at some of the visual effects used in Guillermo Del Toro’s wonderful film, and how VFX artists used green screen, CGI, and other techniques to not only create the amphibian man, but to magically transport viewers in place and time.

Replicating Rachael

Replicating Rachael

MPC VFX presents a look at the work that went into recreating Sean Young’s replicant Rachel in Blade Runner 2049. The incredible illusion was created using reference images from the now 58 year-old actress, combined with a younger performer, and state-of-the-art CGI.

The History of Shrinking People

The History of Shrinking People

The movie Downsizing might have come up a little short in both its reviews and box office take, but it did succeed in the VFX department. Here, the film’s effects supervisor Jamie Price walks us through the history of shrinking people down on the big screen.

NOVAE

NOVAE

As a tribute to Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan, designer Thomas Vanz made a beautiful short film visualizing the death of a star. None of the visuals are computer generated; instead he edited together clips of ink dissolving in water to depict a supernova.

Animojis Take Over TV and Movies

Animojis Take Over TV and Movies

As overplayed as Animojis have already become, we’ve gotta hand it to the guys at Corridor for their latest video, in which they used their VFX skills to apply Apple’s latest gimmick to some appropriate scenes from TV shows and movies.

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Mortal Engines (Teaser)

Mortal Engines (Teaser)

Directed by Christian Rivers, the visual effects artist behind King Kong, and produced by Peter Jackson, comes a post-apocalyptic Earth in which humanity turns to living inside of moving vehicular cities, attacking and gobbling up smaller towns to steal resources for survival.

The Floor Is Lava

The Floor Is Lava

A group of friends finds out that the old “the floor is lava” saying has actually come true in their apartment, and they must navigate the fiery floor to try and escape from certain doom. A fun and well-executed VFX romp from our old pals at RocketJump. Making of here.

MGMT: When You Die

MGMT: When You Die

(PG-13: Lyrics) The first thing you’ll notice about MGMT’s music video is that it stars Alex Karpovsky, best known for his role as Ray on Girls. But that’s not the only highlight of the clip. It’s the trippy “style transfer” VFX, which have been empowered by machine learning tech.

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

Before the characters we know and love first emerged on movie screens, there were other conceptual incarnations created by George Lucas and artist Ralph McQuarrie. The DAVE School envisions what the first movie might have looked like had those early ideas stuck.

Getting Fit

Getting Fit

POV video master Buttered Side Down decided to work on changing his dad bod into a rad bod. His workout routine includes some sick moves, and even allows him to consume donuts. His circuit looks about as challenging as the one we shared earlier today.

Battle of the Geeks

Battle of the Geeks

Two foes beat each other senseless with every trope in the books in Alaska’s amusing short film packed with action, vibrant visual effects, and references to a wide variety of sci-fi, action, and fantasy films and TV shows. The only thing it’s missing is a post-credits sequence.

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