Iron Man 3 VFX reels make the Air Force One scene twice as impressive

One of the amazing things about The Avengers was just how seamless a lot of the CG cityscapes and creations felt. And it looks like Iron Man 3 had a similar amount of heavy CG. Check out some mind-blowing new VFX reels. » 5/15/13 4:40pm 5/15/13 4:40pm

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…

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 it… » 2/25/13 2:20pm 2/25/13 2:20pm

What Ridley Scott's I Am Legend vampires would have looked like

In the late 1990s, director Ridley Scott was hoping to revive his flagging career with a new adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He and the studio never could get on the same on the same page, but the makeup designs for the would-be movie's monstrous infected still remain. The… » 11/10/12 1:00pm 11/10/12 1:00pm

An unreal photo taken by a 'Doctor Who camera'

It's a still image that is more about time than space. Remarkably, the picture has not been Photoshopped: it's simply a different way of looking at the world. If Doctor Who had a camera, he might take shots like this. And as it happens, the title sequence for the BBC show in the 1970s was created with a similar… » 11/09/12 8:30am 11/09/12 8:30am

Behold the biomechanical horror of a skinless animatronic Predator head

If there's one thing scarier than encountering a Predator in a dark jungle, it's encountering a skinless cyborg Predator. Amalgamated Dynamics, the special effects firm that provided the creature effects for the Alien vs. Predator movies, stripped the skin off their Wolf Predator and demonstrated what this guy looks… » 10/21/12 5:00pm 10/21/12 5:00pm

Just try to get through this video on the evolution of the Jurassic…

Some special effects are so amazing that even watching them come together inspires awe and wonder. This video, narrated by Stan Winston Studios visual effects supervisor John Rosengrant, highlights just how amazing the Jurassic Park raptor effects were. It takes us from the sculpture of a man inside a raptor suit… » 10/20/12 3:00pm 10/20/12 3:00pm