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Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

A report on the plight of visual effects artists. While a single actor can get millions of dollars for a film, VFX studios compete with each other for fixed bid contracts that often end up being unprofitable because of additional expenses from costly revisions. More here.

Golaem Digital Extras

Golaem Digital Extras

Want to stage a massive battle, fill an empty stadium, or take on a zombie horde? There was a time that you’d need thousands of extras to pull off such epic scenes, Golaem shows us some of the ways their software has been used to make movie, TV, and video game magic.

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Doctor Strange VFX Breakdown

Doctor Strange VFX Breakdown

Effects house Framestore walks us through some of the 365+ insane and trippy visual effects sequences it created for Doctor Strange. Were Benedict Cumberbatch and Mads Mikkelsen even in this movie, or were they just their digital doubles?

The Art of Compositing

The Art of Compositing

These days, much of what we see on screen wasn’t there at the time of filming. This short video by Roy Peker explains how techniques such as green screen, rotoscoping, matchmove, CGI, and color grading can place actors and objects anywhere without ever being there.

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick (Trailer)

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick (Trailer)

McClatchy Video Lab’s documentary explores one of the nastiest secrets of the movie business, that visual effects studios and artists are often forced to work ridiculous hours, often at fixed bid pricing to meet unrealistic demands of movie studios. Premieres online on 2/22/17.

Arrival VFX Reel

Arrival VFX Reel

Visual effects company Oblique FX share some of the work that they did for Denis Villeneuve’s excellent sci-fi film Arrival. Naturally, the spaceships were computer-generated, but we weren’t expecting the freakin’ grass to be virtual as well.

Stop-motion Ocean

Stop-motion Ocean

An up-close look at a rig built for the stop-motion film Two Balloons. The animators used an intricate network of strings and push rods to move dozens of shiny plastic layers to create the undulating waves of an ocean. The trailer for the film looks amazing.

A Peacock Spider Christmas

A Peacock Spider Christmas

YouTuber Snake Buddies gathered and edited videos of peacock spiders from fellow YouTuber Peacockspiderman to make it seem like the Casanovas of arachnids were partaking in the Holiday spirit. The snowspiderman is somehow both cute and creepy.

Edmond

Edmond

(PG-13) Contemplating suicide, a man with cannibalistic tendencies remembers the defining moments of his life. Director Nina Gantz’ award-winning stop-motion short is creepy yet tender, and filled with visual and emotional juxtapositions.

Speeder Bike Water Battle

Speeder Bike Water Battle

For his latest video, Devin Supertramp replicated the classic speeder bike chase from Return of the Jedi – but instead of flying precariously between giant redwoods, they did the stunt on water, using specially modified Jetovator jetpacks. Duct tape ftw.

Cup Levitation & Train Rescue Debunked

Cup Levitation & Train Rescue Debunked

CaptainDisillusion is getting so good at debunking, he’s now tackling two lies in a single short video. The cup levitation trick is easier to do, but at least you know it’s a trick. The train track near miss video on the other hand leverages realism for views.

CANAL Kitchen

CANAL Kitchen

The chefs in this kitchen use some pretty unconventional ingredients, serving up car chases, explosions, angry velociraptors, and more in this awesome ad spot for TV network CANAL+. The spot uses a wonderful mix of CGI and practical visual effects.

Ski Slope Attack

Ski Slope Attack

The guys at The Viral Factory made skiing even more exciting by enlisting animator Nick DenBoer to fill the course with all manner of deadly obstacles, from dinosaurs, to giant sawblades, to falling meteors. Just one question: when can we play this video game?

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The Drone-Powered Hammock

The Drone-Powered Hammock

At first glance at the crazy flying lounger in this video, we figured it was the work of Colin Furze. Sadly, the awesome hovering hammock is just a well-executed VFX trick in a commercial for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer. All we can say is: Your move, Furze.

Warcraft ILM VFX

Warcraft ILM VFX

Industrial Light & Magic shares some of the visual effects work that they did for the movie Warcraft. As you may have guessed, it’s basically the entire movie. The Alliance. The Horde. Their hair. All of it.

The Naruto Showdown

The Naruto Showdown

“Narutoooo!” “Sasukeeee!” “Narutoooo!” “Sasukeeee!” RackaRacka promotes Naruto Online in a hilarious live-action battle between Konoha’s premiere rivals that’s filled with inside jokes. And outside jokes.

Prayer 9

Prayer 9

A cult goes to extremes to “experience a taste of God” in Pierre Michel-Estival’s proof of concept short film. The first 40 seconds are nearly worthless, and the transition to the climax is janky, but what a climax it is.

Shin Godzilla Destruction Reel

Shin Godzilla Destruction Reel

We had high hopes for Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, but it had far too little destruction for a Kaiju flick. Japan’s Shin Godzilla makes up for that in spades, as is clear from this VFX reel from Shirogumi and StealthWorks, set to a soothing ambient soundtrack.

Robots Programmed to Kill!

Robots Programmed to Kill!

Corridor got their hands on a prototype of the year’s most hotly anticipated new toy, the Anki Cozmo Robot, and sent him on a mission to take on an army of angry machines, a couple of which happen to come from Anki’s biggest competitors. Behind the scenes here.

GTA VR

GTA VR

(PG-13: Language) Corridor’s latest video puts its protagonist smack dab in the middle of the obscenity and violence-filled world of Grand Theft Auto after he puts on a pair of schmancy VR goggles, and runs into the real Trevor. It only gets worse once the modders show up.

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Rogue One Weird Trailer

Rogue One Weird Trailer

YouTuber Aldo Jones spent about a month making the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer look freaky. Witness the Empire’s creepiest Star Destroyer, the Death Party Troopers, the Rebel soldier ALF and more.

Strangers Things’ Concept Art

Strangers Things’ Concept Art

(SPOILERS) Frame by Frame examines what inspired design and visual effects studio Aaron Sims Creative when it conceptualized the appearance of Stranger Things’ Demogorgon and its bizarro-Earth home, the Upside Down.

Real Mario Galaxy

Real Mario Galaxy

Mario, Luigi and Wario jump from planetoid to planetoid to obtain a Power Star. Corridor Digital used a 360º camera to emulate Super Mario Galaxy‘s distinct look in their latest video. Making of here.

illusion

illusion

Claire & Max’s short film envisions New York City as a giant movie set, its buildings replaced by thin facades of themselves with the help of some super trippy visual effects. Though we’re pretty sure we’ve seen this somewhere before.

The Force Awakens ILM VFX Reel

The Force Awakens ILM VFX Reel

The Force. The Jedi… All of it.. It’s all visual effects. Industrial Light & Magic shares some of the work that they did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including the Millennium Falcon, Starkiller Base and Rey and Kylo Ren’s fight.

Beautiful People

Beautiful People

We love the juxtaposition of nature and visual effects in director Michał Marczak’s music video for Mark Pritchard’s collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Pritchard’s original instrumental is about loss, contrasted with Yorke’s vocals about love and hope.

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