The Insane Attention To Detail In Interstellar's Big Spaceship Sequence

One of the things that makes Interstellar look different from other recent space movies is the reliance on practical models instead of CG effects. But that gets tricky — especially in one crucial scene from the movie, where some delicate maneuvering required some equally delicate modelwork and camerawork. » 2/04/15 3:45pm 2/04/15 3:45pm

The VFX Wizard Behind Ghostbusters Explains Why Practical Effects Rock

John Bruno is a legend in the world of visual effects, having worked on the first Ghostbusters, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Batman Returns and countless other films. And even though he helped pioneer computer-generated effects in T2 and The Abyss, he still believes practical effects are usually better. Here's why. » 8/12/14 3:40pm 8/12/14 3:40pm

The Story Behind Scanners' Unforgettable Exploding Head Scene

The exploding-head scene (you know the one) from David Cronenberg's bloodhappy cheesefest, Scanners, is easily its most iconic. But have you ever wondered how the film's special effects team made the head burst just so? It wasn't pyrotechnics. It wasn't pneumatics. The answer, it turns out, was a lot more… » 7/12/14 3:00pm 7/12/14 3:00pm