Making The Hobbit 2's barrel escape was its own epic adventure

When Bilbo and the dwarves escaped Thranduil's kingdom, they did so in empty wine barrels, rushing down the forest river, fighting wood elves and the rapids simultaneously. Their escape was a breeze compared to what director Peter Jackson and the actors went through to make the scene, as this Wired video reveals. » 3/03/14 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

Watch the full documentary on how Hollywood is destroying VFX studios

When Life of Pi received the Oscar for best Visual Effects, Rhythm & Hues, the studio responsible for its eye-popping effects, had just announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. You can now watch the full documentary, Life After Pi, which explains the industry model that is financially bleeding VFX studios dry. » 2/26/14 3:20pm 2/26/14 3:20pm

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch on all fours in his mo-cap suit as Smaug

Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he felt like a "boobie" in his motion capture suit for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but how did he actually look? This video shows us how Weta translated Cumberbatch's performance into the CG-animated Smaug. » 2/24/14 1:20pm 2/24/14 1:20pm

Learn how Hollywood screwed over the VFX industry in Life After Pi

In 2011-12, the VFX company Rhythm & Hues created the astounding effects for Ang Lee's gorgeous movie The Life of Pi. Then they went bankrupt, fired their staff, and went out of business. Two weeks later they won an Oscar. The new documentary Life After Pi shows how this insanity was made possible. » 2/14/14 3:20pm 2/14/14 3:20pm

The robot uprising has never looked more beautiful than in this short

You may have once seen a trailer for a short film called K3loid, but now it's finished and you must watch it. It's got robot armies. rampaging mecha, soldiers in power armor, creepy mannequins, an enigmatic AI and it is unbelievably gorgeous. » 10/03/13 10:40am 10/03/13 10:40am