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The Smallest Empire

The Smallest Empire

Corridor Digital’s latest video is blatantly shilling Game of War, but that doesn’t make it any less worth watching, with their clever use of VFX and game-textured environments and a tilt-shift effect to transform the real world into an RTS-style civilization. Making of here.

Grocery Trip Deep Dream

Grocery Trip Deep Dream

YouTuber Pouff turns an otherwise mundane footage of a grocery run into a mind-melting collage of animals. He used samim23’s Deep Dream Animator, which applies Google’s photo manipulating software to videos.

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What Makes a Great Action Scene?

What Makes a Great Action Scene?

The duo behind Corridor Digital present their take on the basic principles and techniques behind action scenes. Usually, a great action scene answers two questions clearly: how the scene is unfolding and why it needs to exist.

Ultimate Gun Game

Ultimate Gun Game

Corridor Digital goes back to their roots with their latest video, which does a great job replicating the look of an FPS, only this time, they’ve got an arsenal consisting of some of the best video game weapons ever. Forkstab ftw!

Boba Fett Fan Film Teaser

Boba Fett Fan Film Teaser

Filmmaker Eric Demeusy’s amazing teaser for a non-existent Star Wars film, which sees the bounty hunter escape from the Sarlacc’s guts and fight alongside the Resistance to form a New Republic. Top notch production, camera work and score. (Thanks Nick!)

Aaron’s Animals: Pet Peeves

Aaron’s Animals: Pet Peeves

Visual effects artist Aaron Benitez lives with his pet cat Prince Michael. Here he shares some of the challenges of having a feline for a roommate. Michael’s mostly the same as a human roommate. Down to his eyeballs.

Rule Yourself

Rule Yourself

“You are the sum of all your training.” NBA MVP Steph Curry, pioneer ballerina Misty Copeland and Masters winner Jordan Spieth star in this impressive ad made by Droga5 for Under Armour.

Zelda vs. Peach

Zelda vs. Peach

It’s super smash sisters time as the surprisingly hot-headed royalties of the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule have a no holds barred battle. Can Zelda’s fiery arrows and martial arts skills beat Peach, Perry and, uhm, vegetables?

Mario Kart Skate

Mario Kart Skate

VFX and action wizards Corridor Digital envision a new game that combines the best of Mario Kart with a little Trials, and just a touch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The Boosted electric longboard was the real star of the video.

Dragon Ball Sheep

Dragon Ball Sheep

…or should we say Dragon Baaaall Sheep. YouTuber Hoolopee recreated Vegeta and Goku’s battle using sheep and lots of bright colors. Unfortunately he didn’t include the part where Vegeta transforms into a giant ape.

Why CGI Sucks (Except it Doesn’t)

Why CGI Sucks (Except it Doesn’t)

RocketJump Film School has a great counterpoint to the video about how CGI is ruining movies. The fact is, many movies and shows use CGI. If you think a particular example is bad, don’t blame the tool, blame the one who wields it.

Waveform

Waveform

Surf gear maker O’Neill challenged filmmakers to create surfing videos with a twist. Here’s Stefan Nadelman’s contribution, an eye-popping visualization of waves in a variety of different contexts. Wave is love. Wave is life.

Ballin’ out of Control

Ballin’ out of Control

The video wizards at Corridor Digital have fun simulating what it would be like to be inside of a superball, as it bounces away from its buyer, and won’t stop for anything. Watch how they shot the clip here. It’s much simpler than you might think.

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Age Reduction VFX

Age Reduction VFX

Visual effects artist Rousselos Aravantinos used NUKE and mocha Pro to turn back the hands of time and digitally recreate actress’ Michele Valley’s younger face. In the future we’ll just projection map youth back to our skin.

Best of The Walking Dead VFX

Best of The Walking Dead VFX

(Gore, Spoilers) Get your fill of zombie kills in this collection of the some of the most memorable action and effects sequences from The Walking Dead, courtesy of the fine folks at VFX house Stargate Studios. These guys have the best job.

Journey Through the Layers of the Mind

Journey Through the Layers of the Mind

Memo Akten used Google’s DeepDream to create this trippy video. In very simple terms, DeepDream is cloud watching: it spots something that’s not in a source image, then remakes the source to realize what it’s imagining, and so on.

Hardhome VFX Breakdown

Hardhome VFX Breakdown

(Spoilers) Spain’s El Ranchito Imagen Digital shows off some the digital effects work that went into the creation of the massive crowds, dramatic setting, and intense action of the Hardhome sequence from Season 5 of Game of Thrones.

Why CGI Is Ruining Movies

Why CGI Is Ruining Movies

We best enjoy movies that meld reality, practical effects, and limited CGI. Too much CGI feels consequence-free to us. Here, Story Brain explains “The WETA Effect,” which kicked off an era of unreal and unrelatable action sequences.

Doctor Strange Fan Intro

Doctor Strange Fan Intro

This Is Productions presents their take on the title sequence for the upcoming live-action Doctor Strange movie, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. They juxtaposed Strange’s old Marvel comics with The Flaming Lips’ W.A.N.D.

Real Life Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

Real Life Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

(PG-13 Language) Nope, this is not footage from a video game. Director Claudio Voicu and a group of freerunners wonderfully recreated a time trial stage from the upcoming prequel Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. Behind the scenes here.

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Real Life GTA V

Real Life GTA V

(Gore) Corridor Digital mimicked the camera angles, the casual chaos and the swaggy Terminator walking animation of Grand Theft Auto V to turn Los Angeles into Los Santos. Behind the scenes here.

Trick Meter

Trick Meter

Simeon Duncombe’s short film features a clever combination of live-action and visual effects as skkateboarder Jack Fagan is subjected to a series of difficult obstacles and trials that he must negotiate before his trick meter runs out.

Mad Max: Fury Road ’80s Trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road ’80s Trailer

Erick Solis and Ricardo Trevino aka Playback Collective edited clips of the sublime Mad Max: Fury Road to make an ’80s-style trailer for the flick. Or at least a music video for Power Glove’s badass song Vengeance.

Halo vs. Call of Duty

Halo vs. Call of Duty

(PG-13 Language) All hell breaks loose when a bunch of PlayStation fanboys invoke the wrath of Master Chief. YouTuber RackaRacka and his crew wreck a house in yet another ridiculously over the top geeky battle.

Paper Cuts (Brush with Death 2)

Paper Cuts (Brush with Death 2)

Corridor Digital is back with a follow up to its 2D/3D ninja battle. This time, the fight involves a crew of paper street art ninjas who come to life to challenge the worker who tries to clean them off the wall.

Rick Baker’s Men in Black Creatures

Rick Baker’s Men in Black Creatures

Norman Chan from Tested got to go behind the scenes with effects and makeup genius Rick Baker to check out some puppets and animatronics from the Men in Black series. Some of his creatures are up for auction this month.

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