Awesome Vfx

Kubo and the Two Strings VFX Reel

Kubo and the Two Strings VFX Reel

Laika and the cast of Kubo and the Two Strings talk about the painstaking work that was done to make the stop motion world come alive, from piecing together a boat of out tiny pieces to making custom rigs to simulate an ocean.

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Filmmaker Patrick Boivin created this all too short video simply described as “The world as a five-year-old boy sees it.” What makes it truly special is how amazingly realistic the toy animation looks. Impressive VFX work, Patrick.

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Pokémon Invasion

Pokémon Invasion

PixelStorm Films latest video envisions what will really happen to all of us once the Pokémon get sick of being captured by our smartphones. It should have served as a cautionary tale, but instead it just made us want that badass Pokéball assault rifle.

Upside-Down Cars

Upside-Down Cars

Philip Stockton created this brief, but hypnotic experimental short of a cars driving upside-down along Houston Street in New York. We’re not sure if we’re more transfixed by the cars or the thought of eating a hot pastrami sammie from Katz’s.

Jurassic Park: Pushing the Limits of VFX

Jurassic Park: Pushing the Limits of VFX

YouTuber kaptainkristian praises the use of digital animation in Jurassic Park, one of the first movies to convincingly blend visual effects with live action. It found success not by relying solely on software, but by studying real animals and using physical puppets when necessary.

Audi: The Eye

Audi: The Eye

A wonderfully minimal commercial spot for the Audi’s R8 supercar, which focuses not on the car so much as the experiences of its driver, as told by the reflections in his eyeball. Directed by ManvsMachine, with CG eye effects by Analog.

Prop Wars: Prop Harder

Prop Wars: Prop Harder

Sneaky Zebra offers up an all-out battle for geek supremacy, with its soldiers equipped entirely by awesome and iconic replica props from sci-fi and superhero series, and a heaping helping of VFX to bring them to life.

NYC Flow

NYC Flow

Digital artist Danil Krivoruchko used slow-mo footage captured on an iPhone, then ran it through a post-processing algorithm which transformed New York City into a sort of living watercolor painting. You can grab the rendering code he used on GitHub. Source footage here.

X-Men Apocalypse Weird Trailer

X-Men Apocalypse Weird Trailer

Trailer mutilator Aldo Jones is back at it with this awesome defilement of the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer. It’s filled with a ton of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-gags, including a hilarious Mystique moment.

GoT: Battle of Winterfell VFX

GoT: Battle of Winterfell VFX

(SPOILERS) We’ve taken a peek at the live-action filming and practical effects that went into the climactic battle in Game of Thrones’ sixth season. But the epic sequence also wouldn’t have been possible without visual effects studio Iloura.

Auto

Auto

Humans and vehicles pack and overlap on streets, roads and skies, but everything remains sharply focused. RISD film student Conner Griffith captures the hustle and bustle of urban life in this incredibly creative and mind-boggling twist on time-lapse videos.

How to Draw a U.F.O.

How to Draw a U.F.O.

The latest short clip from Action Movie Kid sees 4-year-old James Hashimoto living out a popular fantasy, after doodling a chalk spaceship on the ground. Naturally, he had the help of his dad, VFX artist Daniel Hashimoto.

Beakmallusion: Free Energy Devices

Beakmallusion: Free Energy Devices

Holy crap! It’s Beakman! Instead of simply going for cheap nostalgia, the science teacher to millions of ’90s kids helped Captain Disillusion debunk videos that claim to show perpetual motion machines. Beakmaaaannnn

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Pool Fart!

Pool Fart!

A teenager outdoes his friends’ swimming pool stunts by letting one rip in the water. The buildup of RocketJump’s short film could’ve been way shorter, but the payoff is worth it. You could even say its special.

Coldplay: Up&Up

Coldplay: Up&Up

Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia’s video for Coldplay’s single combines visuals of real world settings filmed at dramatically different distances. The result is a surreal world in which soccer is played on a sponge, volcanoes spew popcorn, and babies fly on airplane wings.

Mirror Ball Trick Explained

Mirror Ball Trick Explained

Captain Disillusion explains how animator Kevin Parry managed to pull off the seemingly seamless viral video of him playing catch with his reflection in the mirror. In a nutshell, it took multiple takes and painstaking video editing.

Civil War Weird Trailer

Civil War Weird Trailer

YouTuber Aldo Jones loves to make movie trailers hilariously senseless using visual effects, such as warping characters’ faces and adding extra imagery. Here’s what he did to the last Captain America: Civil War trailer. Tony Stark turning into Lincoln Osiris killed us.

Snapchat Filters in Real Life

Snapchat Filters in Real Life

A Snapchat update lets a man add filters to real life in this silly video by SoKrispyMedia. Losing your face is a huge hassle, but at least he didn’t turn himself into a poop emoji. We’d abuse the rewind effect for sure.

Help

Help

A 360º short film about an alien that crash lands on Earth. It goes on a rampage when a woman picks up the device that came with it. Best watched via YouTube on Android or Google Spotlight on iOS device. Behind-the-scenes here.

NERF Team Fortress

NERF Team Fortress

Corridor Digital and their friends played a round of Team Fortress 2‘s Payload in real life using their cache of NERF guns. They swapped the goals of Red and Blu and there are not enough hats, but the Engineer’s turret is awesome. We give it Half-Life 3/10.

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Game of Thrones: Inside the VFX

Game of Thrones: Inside the VFX

While we wait anxiously for season 6 of Game of Thrones to begin, HBO has something to whet our appetites for the time being – a look at some of the amazing visual effects work that goes into the series. That flamethrowing crane dragon stunt was pretty epic.

Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

Practical VFX artist Joey Shanks shows us how to create cool UFO like effects using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter as his instrument of choice. The trick is all about making sure your lights don’t weigh down the drone too much or throw off its balance.

Animals Being Awesome

Animals Being Awesome

Nukazooka (the new name of YouTuber AndrewMFilms) used visual effects to make a bunch of animal stock footage more exciting. Check out a polar bear lightsaber fight, a web-slinging monkey and more.

The LEGO Touch

The LEGO Touch

A man is visited by the mighty Vitruvius, and is bestowed with the power to turn anything he touches into LEGO bricks. It’s an ability that we really wouldn’t mind having – assuming it didn’t affect our french fries – and we had our shoes on.

Toonocalypse

Toonocalypse

A race of cute and cuddly looking cartoon aliens lands on Earth, which leads some humans to welcome the creatures into their homes. But all is not as it seems in this brilliantly done live-action/animated sci-fi film by Owen Rixon and The 2D Workshop.

VFX 101

VFX 101

RocketJump Film School director Clinton Jones defines the core processes that fall under visual effects, including compositing, tracking, 3D modeling, and the dreaded rotoscoping. The video’s description has links to tutorials for each VFX process.

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