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DIY Super Powers

DIY Super Powers

Buttered Side Down has been really wishing he had super powers, so he decided to try and give himself some abilities using ordinary kitchen appliances, a fax machine, and stuff he had lying around the house. It’s clear that his VFX skills far exceed his superhero skills.

Fast Slow Motion

Fast Slow Motion

In-camera effects trickster Eran Amir did his best to make it look like everything in this video was shot in slow motion, when in fact it was all recorded and plays back in real time. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a solid effort.

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Goodbye Uncanny Valley

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

The computer animation scene has enough technology and talent that realism is no longer the ultimate goal. Animator Alan Warburton breaks down some of the ways that commercial, scientific and artistic animators have gone beyond expressing reality.

Adobe Project Cloak

Adobe Project Cloak

Among the imaging technologies shown off at Adobe MAX 2017 was this tool which works kind of like Content-Aware Fill, but for video. It’s designed to easily remove unwanted objects from moving images. We’re hoping to see this feature in Premiere or After Effects soon.

The Academic: Bear Claws Live Loop

The Academic: Bear Claws Live Loop

Alternative band The Academic used the slight delay in Facebook Live’s video streaming to record and remix their song Bear Claws on the spot. By showing their stream on a screen while they were streaming, they were able to play along with their past selves.

ADAM: The Mirror

ADAM: The Mirror

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios picks up where last year’s ADAM left off – as a group of humanoids who find themselves freed from oppression, and searching for meaning after they meet two mysterious strangers. Like Chapter 1, it was created using the Unity engine.

Studio Ghibli in Real Life

Studio Ghibli in Real Life

Filmmaker KOJER painstakingly rotoscoped characters and objects from Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and other Studio Ghibli films, then composited the animation over live footage. The scale is off at times, but we still want to live in that world.

5’Nizza: Samoliot: Before VFX

5’Nizza: Samoliot: Before VFX

We were really wondering how director Max Ksjonda created the mindblowing visuals in his clip Samoliot for the group 5’Nizza. Well, now we have the answer – it was mostly done in camera, with amazing prop work and rigging which was later cleaned up in post-production.

Beyond the Wall VFX Breakdown

Beyond the Wall VFX Breakdown

(Spoilers) VFX house El Ranchito shares some sweet behind-the-scenes footage and effects shot breakdowns for Game of Thrones’ Season 7 penultimate episode, Beyond the Wall. That shot with the bony walker from behind is one of our favorite visuals of the entire series.

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

The always educational Captain Disillusion takes a break from debunking viral videos and questionable crowdfunding to kick off a new series about the masters of visual effects. The first episode looks at the ahead-of-their-time visuals in the Back to the Future trilogy.

5’Nizza: Samoliot

5’Nizza: Samoliot

Since we don’t speak Russian, we can’t vouch for the lyrics of 5’Nizza’s track, but we can stand up and applaud the frozen-in-time visual effects in this incredible music video from director Max Ksjonda. We’re dying to see a behind the scenes of how they shot this.

GoPro Kitty

GoPro Kitty

Cats get into all kinds of mischief when we’re away from home, so VFX artist Aaron Benitez decided to strap a GoPro Session action camera onto his cat Prince Michael to see what he does as soon as the boss man leaves for work.

Captain D’s Guide to Trick Shots

Captain D’s Guide to Trick Shots

There are millions of trick shot videos on YouTube (and we’ve featured our share of them.) Now, Captain Disillusion is here to burst our bubble – and all of those basketballs, footballs, tennis balls, and golf balls, as he shows us some of the tricks of the trade.

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Tiny Guns

Tiny Guns

(Gore) These guys may have the world’s smallest guns, but that doesn’t stop them from throwing down. Corridor’s silly, but action-packed short reminds us that it’s not the size of your weapon, but the way that you use it.

Honda: Dream Makers

Honda: Dream Makers

Vehicle maker Honda and a team of talented artists pay tribute to the creativity and effort that goes into the production of modern motion pictures, peeling back the layers of the visual effects onion, and reminding us how little of what we see on screen these days is real.

Perspective

Perspective

Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films messes with our expectations by swapping out everyday sights with wacky, unexpected, and downright impossible versions. We love the stubby airplanes and the two-wheeled buses.

Weird Box

Weird Box

“Who took these?” A couple has an intense argument. And it’s all because of you. Or at least someone you know. Director Noah Levenson’s customizeable short film uses photos from an Instagram account of your choice. Choose wisely.

Retrieving a Frisbee

Retrieving a Frisbee

YouTuber Buttered Side Down used an array of clever editing, camera tricks, and VFX to make his first-person quest for his lost frisbee far more daunting than it really was. The only thing better than this would be a VR version of the video.

Tape Measure Skills Debunked

Tape Measure Skills Debunked

Captain Disillusion takes on yet another internet myth – this time its the guy who claims to be able to aim his tape measure with the precision of a crossbow. With the help of a fan, he yet again illustrates how VFX, camera angles, and editing can make anything believable.

Destiny vs Care Bears

Destiny vs Care Bears

A titan from the game Destiny stumbles onto its most horrific adversary yet – cute, cuddly, and deadly Care Bears. Freaking Rad’s video offers up cool weapons, comedy, cosplay, action, and VFX. (Thanks Grey!)

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David Fincher: Invisible Details

David Fincher: Invisible Details

(Gore) Kaptainkristian highlights what David Fincher so deftly hides: the director’s extensive use of CGI and other digital effects in his films. From the Winklevoss twins to digitally perfected hair, Fincher stealthily bends reality in service of the story.

Unexpected Outcome

Unexpected Outcome

A battery that lights up. An outlet that’s a plug. A pill that’s a screw. Daihei Shibata has an ongoing series of short VFX videos that show ordinary objects with a twist. They originally aired in a Japanese industrial design show for kids called Design Ah!

There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts

There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts

The guys from Corridor have a little fun with shadowplay in this clip about a couple of graffiti artists who get more than they bargain for when they try to tag the wrong building. TL;DW: kids, don’t use spray paint.

Olli for iOS

Olli for iOS

Tinrocket’s Olli is an iOS app that lets you add hand drawn animated effects to photos and videos. You get a live preview and you can save still images or animated gifs and videos up to 10s long. It comes with six filters, with two more filter packs available to buy.

Creating SNL’s Visual Effects

Creating SNL’s Visual Effects

While we don’t normally think of Saturday Night Live for its visual effects, the show actually requires quite a few of them these days. Take a look at some of the work their VFX artists must deliver under the gun each week, often with less than 12 hours before airtime.

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Launched in 1997, the Cassini space probe has been providing NASA with data about Saturn and the moon since 2004. It’s now running out of fuel. Erik Wernquist made this excellent CGI short film to sum up Cassini’s contributions and its final mission.

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