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

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

How to film an epic New York battle scene without actually being in New…

As hard as this is to believe, very little of The Avengers was shot in New York City, including the epic finale. To pull off the trick, the Industrial Light and Magic crew created an intricately detailed 20-block "digital playground" that was mapped against the real thing. Check out this video to see how they pulled… » 2/25/13 2:20pm 2/25/13 2:20pm