You Won't Believe How Much Work Went Into This Back To The Future Shot

Whether you're a fan of film in general or BttF in specific, hearing special effects supervisor Kevin Pike explain how the movie's lengthy, one-take opening shot was made — and how many people were needed behind the scenes to make it — is fascinating. The work required for the dog food alone... » 9/26/14 8:30am 9/26/14 8:30am

The Best Makeup Effects from Six Seasons of Face Off

A new season of SyFy's Face Off starts this week — what better way to get fired up for mind-blowing makeup skills and creature design than with a gallery filled with six seasons of top looks? Check out these great photos of zombies, werewolves, and...other things. » 7/22/14 10:49am 7/22/14 10:49am

New Trailer Makes Jupiter Ascending Look Like 18 Space Operas In One

Seriously, this film is busy. There are space princesses, space elves, space ships, space real estate issues, some kind of space dragon, a space Sean Bean — no wonder the movie was pushed back seven months to work on the special effects. It probably took 'em two months just to do the SFX for this new trailer. » 6/27/14 12:41pm 6/27/14 12:41pm

The Painstaking Work That Went Into Empire Strikes Back's AT-AT Scenes

The legendary Joe Johnston just revealed this classic behind-the-scenes video of the making of one — one of the shots from Empire Strikes Back featuring the AT-ATs as they lumber across Hoth. It's amazing how slow and low-tech this process was, but also how fantastically the special effects still hold up. » 6/24/14 11:36am 6/24/14 11:36am

So An Uruk-Hai Walked Into A Mall...

What would you do if you saw a 7-foot orc warrior walking down the food court or your local mall? I think you'd be hard-pressed to handle yourself quite as well as the people in this video do. » 6/16/14 6:33am 6/16/14 6:33am

These Early Potential Versions Of E.T. Are Pretty Freaky

And speaking of a movie that terrified me as a child and I loathe to this very day, special effect guru Rick Baker has just apparently released some of the early designs of the aliens from Night Skies, an unmade Steven Spielberg movie whose designs led directly to E.T. » 5/25/14 2:00pm 5/25/14 2:00pm

The Origin Of Lightsabers, According To George Lucas

This 15-minute Star Wars featurette won't tell you how to make an actual lightsaber, but it will explain how director George Lucas and his team created the first lightsabers for A New Hope, and Mark Hamill tells what it was like to wield them. » 4/01/14 8:20am 4/01/14 8:20am

Classic Empire Strikes Back doc reveals the march of the AT-ATs

We all know the classic AT-AT attack in The Empire Strikes Back was created using stop-motion, but this old behind-the-scenes footage of the visual effects team actually creating the footage is pretty great. » 12/13/13 9:40am 12/13/13 9:40am

New pics from SFX magazine give a teeny peek at The Day of The Doctor

Subscriber issues of SFX #241 in the UK have started making their way to doormats across the country - and in turn, giving us a few tiny new looks at the 50th Anniversary special. Click through for some very mild spoilers! » 10/12/13 12:50pm 10/12/13 12:50pm

This slow-motion car explosion video is the perfect way to end your week

It doesn't matter whether you just got done with school, or work, or still have a few hours to go, I promise you that this video of a car exploding in extremely slow-motion is the most cathartic way to wipe your Monday-Friday blues away and get you ready for your weekend. Filmed at a ridiculous 2500 fps, the video… » 2/08/13 2:30pm 2/08/13 2:30pm

Space To Be Filled With Magazine About Space

While most SF magazines and websites dream of some variation on world domination, British magazine SFX has gone one further and taken their particular variation on nerditry to another stratosphere. Literally. In another example of publicity stunts that make little sense, each and every issue of SFX from now on will be… » 4/24/08 8:00am 4/24/08 8:00am