Behind the scenes footage shows how the Interstellar robots were made

Though I understand its problems, I still enjoyed the visual ride that was Interstellar. Still, the best thing about the movie might have been the TARS and CASE moving monolith robot machines. Here's a behind the scenes clip that shows how the practical effects of TARS and CASE were made and how they were controlled… » 3/29/15 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm

The Model Spaceships That Made Interstellar Look as Real as Possible

Christopher Nolan's quest for realistic-looking space travel in Interstellar was achieved partially through the amazing models of New Deal Studios, which used a lot of ingenuity to achieve Nolan's very specific requests. One solution included a lot of salt. » 12/09/14 1:30am 12/09/14 1:30am

One of the remote-controlled Lost World dinosaurs actually bit an actor

In the second Jurassic Park movie, a pack of tiny Compsognathus swarm Peter Stormare's character, Dieter Stark. Apparently, even the remote-controlled puppet versions of these Compies were vicious little critters; some were designed to actually bite Stormare's lip. » 2/12/14 6:00pm 2/12/14 6:00pm

Could practical movie effects make a comeback thanks to 3-D printing?

The Ender's Game movie includes a lot of props that were created via 3-D printer... and this could be the wave of the future. Ars Technica speculates that 3-D printing could make model-creation cheap enough, and easy enough, to give CG a run for its money. » 10/22/13 1:21pm 10/22/13 1:21pm

Watch the incredible evolution of Jurassic Park's spitting animatronic…

The videos that Stan Winston Studio has been releasing about their special effects work on various movies are nothing short of astounding, and show off just how detailed their practical effects are. In this video, mechanical effects designer Rick Galinson takes us through the development of that great Dilophosaurus… » 3/10/13 8:30am 3/10/13 8:30am

R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi, the Special Effects Wizard Who Brought E.T. and…

This week, we reflected on movies that gave us a sense of wonder, and Carlo Rambaldi was a big part of creating science fiction movie wonder. The practical special effects artist, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, brought E.T., the original Alien xenomorph, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Greys, and… » 8/11/12 8:00am 8/11/12 8:00am

Model Shots That Look Beautiful Enough to be Paintings

We're used to marveling at the painted concept art that comes out alongside a big space epic. The incredible spaceship images, the gorgeous planetscapes. But back in the day, practical model builders created some views that were just as lovely. » 6/03/11 12:00pm 6/03/11 12:00pm