Behind-The-Scenes Videos Show How Iconic Movie Special Effects Were Made

When you're watching a movie, it's easy to get lost in the magic and not think too hard about how King Kong climbed the Empire State Building, how Jurassic Park's T-Rex roared to life, or how Charlton Heston encountered the Statue of Liberty at the end of Planet of the Apes — but these videos reveal all those movie… » 3/30/15 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Behind The Scenes Video Reveals Amazing Spider-Man 2's Fake Times Square

Sony Pictures' Imageworks released a video showing just how much work went into sending Spidey web-swinging and web-slinging through New York City in Amazing Spider-Man 2. My god, look how much work it is to recreate Times Square, a place that is very close to being hell on earth as it is. » 2/19/15 9:00pm 2/19/15 9:00pm

How Visual Effects Create the Retro-Futuristic World of Agent Carter

On Agent Carter, visual effects don't just create explosions or give an extra oomph to Howard Stark's creations, they also help the show recreate the 1940s New York in 2010s Los Angeles. In this early exclusive from WIRED, you can see just how much work a television schedule is for VFX Supervisor Sheena Duggal and her… » 2/17/15 9:00pm 2/17/15 9:00pm

The TARDIS Dematerialises In A Whole New Way In This Gorgeous Fan Video

Doctor Who's time-travelling Police Box has always dematerialised the same way for almost 52 years — slowly fading in and out of existence in one place, to fade back in somewhere else. But this amazing VFX video by youtuber John Smith re-imagines the ship's dematerialisation in a fascinating new way. » 2/17/15 7:40am 2/17/15 7:40am

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

Stunning Proof That The Helicarriers In Captain America 2 Weren't Real

I don't want to blow your mind, but did you know that giant, flying SHIELD helicarriers in the popular Marvel movie weren't actually built, launched into the air, destroyed, and then crashed into Washington DC? It's true! As it turns out, these massive airships were in fact made by something call com-pyoo-turs! » 12/30/14 7:20am 12/30/14 7:20am

Godzilla VFX Breakdown Shows How To Make A Massive Monster Brawl

Maybe I'm biased because I love giant monsters, but this VFX breakdown reel for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie is outstanding. Just seeing how much work went into the monsters, let alone the massive environments that served as their battlegrounds is awesome in the most literal sense of the word. » 11/25/14 8:30am 11/25/14 8:30am

Fox Wants Andy Serkis To Win An Oscar For Planet Of The Apes So Bad

Fox wants the Academy to recognize Serkis' critical work as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. They've announced plans to campaign hard to get Serkis nominated for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar, which would be the first mo-cap performance to ever do so. » 11/07/14 8:33am 11/07/14 8:33am

Uncut Video Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug Mo-Cap Is Ridiculous

WARNING: Once you see the uncut footage of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his full-body motion capture performance as The Hobbit's Smaug — which is to say "lying on the floor and acting evil at nothing" — you may never see the dragon of destruction the same way again. Or Benedict Cumberbatch, for that matter. » 10/21/14 11:20am 10/21/14 11:20am

This X-Men: Days Of Future Past VFX Breakdown Is The Best I've Ever Seen

It takes a lot of computers to turn actors into a naked, blue Jennifer Lawrence, as this absolutely stunning VFX breakdown for Digital Domain, who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past proves. Seriously, if you watch just one of these VFX reels we love posting so much, make it this one. » 9/30/14 8:31am 9/30/14 8:31am

Effects in 1984: A Video Reminder of When Lucas and Spielberg Reigned

If you're searching for something fascinating to occupy an hour, this 1984 Nova special is an excellent choice. It's a documentary that goes from Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon to the kings of special effects in the 80s. » 9/30/14 3:00am 9/30/14 3:00am

How Days Of Future Past Pulled Off Those Amazing Quicksilver VFX

One of the coolest special effects in X-Men: Days of Future Past was the Quicksilver "frozen time" effect where the character is moving so quickly that everything around him seems to move in super slow-motion. In this video, director Bryan Singer explains how they achieved the effect. » 9/26/14 4:40pm 9/26/14 4:40pm

New Game Of Thrones VFX Reel Shows How The World Of Westeros Is Made

These Game of Thrones VFX demo reels never get old for me. This time it's a compilation and breakdown of Rodeo FX's work, who helped create many of the show's greatest locations and landscapes, and best of all, made them virtually seamless with reality — always the hallmark of the finest special effects. » 8/26/14 12:20pm 8/26/14 12:20pm

How Badly Will Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Affect Its Effects Studio?

Variety has a fascinating profile on the visual effects company Prime Focus World, which threw its lot in with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in a gamble designed to raise its profile and bring in money. It did not work out that way. » 8/14/14 3:36am 8/14/14 3:36am

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

Here Is What Groot And Rocket Look Like On The Guardians Set Before CG

Two of the lead team members in Guardians of the Galaxy are CG, but they still have a presence on-set. Here is what Groot and Rocket look like before the animators step in. Small potential spoiler below. » 7/04/14 3:40pm 7/04/14 3:40pm

Two Grown Men Try To Kill Each Other With Children's Toys In "Toy Wars"

A trip to the playground turns into a deadly duel in this fun, SFX-filled video from AndrewMFilms. Question: Are these guys both dads who have abandoned their children to fight each other? Or are they random dudes hanging around a playground? Maybe the cop should've stuck around a bit... » 7/03/14 5:30pm 7/03/14 5:30pm

How Orphan Black Filmed That Big Multi-Clone Scene From The Finale

The Orphan Black second season finale gave us one big scene featuring multiple clones. It looked impressive on the screen, but how did it look during filming? Just don't watch if you haven't seen the finale. » 6/23/14 1:20pm 6/23/14 1:20pm

The VFX Of How Pretty Much Everyone Died In Game Of Thrones Season 4

Another Game of Thrones season finished, another awesome Game of Thrones VFX behind-the-scenes video to show us how they did it. Thanks to this reel of Calvin Romeyn's composite work, it turns out practically everybody needed a bit of VFX to bite it this year — check it out. » 6/17/14 6:47am 6/17/14 6:47am

Behold The First Life-Sized Aliens Xenomorph Queen Ever Built

Some of the early versions of the creatures from the Alien franchise are nearly as frightening as the final version. This isn't one of them. The proof-of-concept Aliens xenomorph queen was a very rough version of the creature, consisting of black garbage bags over foam. » 6/12/14 10:30am 6/12/14 10:30am