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Every Best VFX Winner Ever

Every Best VFX Winner Ever

With the Oscars upon us, Burger Fiction put together this awesome reel of eye candy which compiles every movie that ever received a nod for best visual effects, from the primitive methods of the 1920s and 30s to the high tech CGI of today, and everything in between.

Chell vs. Gordon

Chell vs. Gordon

We’ve seen the heroes of Half-Life and Portal work together. This time they go up against each other in a battle to see who gets cake. A silly short film by YouTuber AndrewMFilms.

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Sky Q Fluid Viewing Ad

Sky Q Fluid Viewing Ad

An awesome CGI animation from Brothers and Sisters in which a moving image from The Avengers is turned to liquid, then moves across the house to another TV to sell the concept of Sky Q’s Fluid Viewing service, which lets viewers resume paused shows on another TV.

Snickers: Marilyn

Snickers: Marilyn

Apparently, the secret to Marilyn Monroe’s beauty wasn’t her genes or her makeup. It was her food. Snickers gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of her infamous subway grate scene from The Seven Year Itch.

Channel Surfer

Channel Surfer

SoKrispyMedia dabbles in the emerging media of 360º VR video with their latest clip, as our protagonist finds himself trapped inside of his TV set, bouncing between channels with the flick of his remote. Yeah, it’s already been done before, but not in the round.

Inside the VFX: Jurassic World

Inside the VFX: Jurassic World

ILM shares an effects breakdown reel from last summer’s popcorn blockbuster. By today’s standards, it’s a fairly typical, yet still impressive mix of CGI, rotoscoping, and matte work, but the way they did the kiddie rides and the mo-capped raptors is worth a chuckle.

Tempbot

Tempbot

A robot designed to be a temporary office worker is ignored by his co-workers, save for the new HR manager. Neill Blomkamp’s 2006 short film effectively uses a robot as a metaphor for someone who thinks that he is above his peers yet still craves human contact.

2016 Oscars VFX Nominees

2016 Oscars VFX Nominees

Editor Vic Rincon put together this awesome roll call of the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and The Revenant. The song is Ryan Taubert’s No Other Name.

Boston Layer-lapse

Boston Layer-lapse

Photographer Julian Tryba spent a total of 100 hours shooting and 350 hours editing over 150,000 photos to create another beautiful layer-lapse, this time featuring some of the most popular spots in Boston.

Mad Max VFX Reel

Mad Max VFX Reel

Visual effects studio Brave New World shares some of its contributions to Mad Max: Fury Road, including adding the movie’s eye-popping blue skies and orange deserts, adding Furiosa’s metal prosthetic arm and removing tire tracks from the sand.

Elder Wars

Elder Wars

In AndrewMFilm’s latest action short, a game of chess between two old men leads to a lethal duel as the two geezers use every trick up their sleeve to come out on top. Man, the only old person quirk we’ve acquired so far is the one at the very end.

Apparences

Apparences

After making people disappear, surrealist CGI artists Menilmonde turn their attention to buildings. Apparences (“appearances”) features shots of Paris, but with the buildings and other landmarks reduced to their facades.

Real Life SkiFree

Real Life SkiFree

SkiFree, die hard. YouTuber Andrew McMurry and his friends must have missed Chris Pirih’s memo: no skiing beyond 2000m. We guess the Abominable Snow Monster was the one who uploaded this.

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Go Bag

Go Bag

A secret agent is forced to make lethal lemonade out of lemons after she accidentally exchanges her bug out bag for some dude’s gym bag. She’s resourceful, strong and beautiful, but she doesn’t know how to run. The lesson here is that nobody’s perfect.

Pet Peeves: School Edition

Pet Peeves: School Edition

VFX wiz and pet owner Aaron’s Animals sends his cat Michael to school, where he encounters some of the more annoying things we all experienced in high school. The procrastination part is still with us though.

The Original Lightsaber Effect

The Original Lightsaber Effect

Practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows us how to replicate the lightsaber effect seen in the first Star Wars movie not using digital trickery, but the same 3M Scotchlite reflection effect that Lucas and his team used back in 1977. The spinning blade trick was brilliant.

Truck Flipper v Bus Puncher

Truck Flipper v Bus Puncher

The latest short from RocketJump parodies the worst of Hollywood, as two studio execs face off to see who can come up with the best scene where a hero uses their fist to stop a moving vehicle. We’d punch a Super Star Destroyer if we could.

Roller Coaster Tycoon IRL 2

Roller Coaster Tycoon IRL 2

A few years ago, Andrew Mc Murry made a short film about being a real life Roller Coaster Tycoon. His newest short revisits the classic theme park simulator, this time from the perspective of a customer.

Airformer

Airformer

It starts out like any ordinary aircraft landing, but this video of a Boeing 777 coming in at Frankfurt Airport in Germany takes an unusual turn about half way through, thanks to the use of some clever VFX. You’ve gotta love the discussions on YouTube whether it’s fake or not.

GTA V Lightsaber Battle

GTA V Lightsaber Battle

The Dark Side of the Force meets the crazy side of Los Santos as Michael and Trevor duke it out Star Wars-style. Sadly this wasn’t made with a Grand Theft Auto V mod. YouTuber Boris the Blade spent a month and a half with After Effects to add the lightsabers.

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A Hero Draws Near

A Hero Draws Near

Zack “Final Cut” King scribbles down some ideas for his animations, when the ones he discarded decide they’re not quite done with yet, and come back to life to wreck havoc on Zack’s room while he’s away. An fun and well executed short film with clever VFX.

Film is Fragile

Film is Fragile

Movie characters run as their world – the film itself – burns and melts. The Mill made this clever short film for the British Film Institute, a charity that restores British movie reels and archives them on discs and digital files.

Input/Output

Input/Output

Terri Timely and Park Pictures’ short film messes with our preconceived notions, juxtaposing ordinary, everyday actions with highly unexpected reactions. Its playful and quirky visual style is reminiscent of the work of the great Michel Gondry.

Timeless Dreams

Timeless Dreams

Julian Tryba edited the footage that he and his friend Mike Sutton took of the American Southwest into a mesmerizing layer-lapse, where parts of different time-lapse shots are merged into the same frame. The song is Kygo’s remix of M83’s Wait.

De Staat: Witch Doctor

De Staat: Witch Doctor

(PG-13: Language) Even if De Staat’s intense track isn’t your musical cup of tea, Studio Smack’s mindblowing music video will pull you in and won’t let go. The low-budget video was made with mo-cap and CGI trickery. We haven’t felt this way since seeing Mad Max: Fury Road.

Star Wars: The Disney Awakens

Star Wars: The Disney Awakens

The Rebels have Dumbo? The First Order is screwed. PistolShrimps mashed up the teasers and trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to include Aladdin, Olaf and many other members of the Disney family.

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