12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 10:36am 5/07/14 10:36am

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

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