Haha, these super short 3D animations about a tiny world are so cute

I wish these 3D animation shorts were a full movie. Called Tiny Worlds, it shows miniature sized characters and machines solving normal sized problems. Cigarette flicked on the ground? A tiny submarine will blast it away. Matches left on the street? A mini semi truck will haul it away. Gum on the sidewalk? Let's call… » 3/19/14 12:28am 3/19/14 12:28am

Jean-Claude Van Damme beats Chuck Norris with a split in space

Remember when Jean-Claude Van Damme really pulled off that impossible stunt by doing the splits with two moving trucks? And then we all laughed when Chuck Norris hilariously beat him with airplanes and CGI? Well, Van Damme just won. » 2/26/14 11:47pm 2/26/14 11:47pm

Bad CG Recreations Of Pop Culture Classics Are Horribly Awesome

Jurassic Park blew my mind when I saw it in the theater almost 20 years ago, but special effects have come a long way since then. It takes a lot to wow a modern audience. We're jaded. We've seen it all—until now. I am not ashamed to admit that this clip, entitled "Realistic Dinosaurs," honest-to-god brought me to tears. » 2/17/14 6:00pm 2/17/14 6:00pm

I can't believe this frighteningly realistic eyeball is not real

Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Boom. Holy hell. This is not a real eyeball. It's a completely computer generated eyeball that looks realer than my own eyeball. A CG eyeball. It's frightening, like they chopped half a human face for the eyeball. Actually, I'm not 100% sure they didn't do that. » 2/10/14 8:32pm 2/10/14 8:32pm

Nothing is real in movies but who cares when it looks this cool

It's been like this for some time now but nothing is ever real in movies anymore, it's just all special effects. Even that wall of that building that's out of focus in the background and completely forgettable was generated with a computer. That's why it's almost way more interesting to see the behind the scenes… » 12/18/13 8:29pm 12/18/13 8:29pm

Watch the visual effects reel of Thor: The Dark World's prologue

If you watched Thor: The Dark World, you surely remember the epic sequence that kicked off the movie. The opening battle did a great job in setting the tone and looked absolutely incredible. Blur Studios, the shop who did the visual effects for the prologue, lifts the curtain a bit to reveal how they made it in this… » 12/17/13 9:57pm 12/17/13 9:57pm

Oddly Compelling Visualizations Of CGI Musical Instruments

I remember watching Animusic videos on PBS in the early 2000s. I was always vaguely fascinated by them, even though the graphics looked kind of cheesy. I like the idea that every single note in the composition is supposed to be produced by a specific collision, like a ball bouncing on a percussion instrument. Also,… » 11/10/13 9:00pm 11/10/13 9:00pm

Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's how … » 9/11/13 1:00am 9/11/13 1:00am

The Incredible Creation (and Destruction) of an Entire City in The…

Almost a third of The Avengers may have been set in New York, but as this video from Industrial Light & Magic's YouTube channel shows us, hardly any of the filming took place in the Big Apple itself. Since actually filming in New York would have been difficult—what with the many road-blocking restrictions and the city… » 2/19/13 1:40pm 2/19/13 1:40pm

How Weta Digital Studios Delivers Middle Earth to Your Multiplex

We've come a long way since the days of Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I mean, just look at last December's blockbuster, The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's Weta Studios (the same group that created Looper's skylines and District 9's extra terrestrial tech) leverages cutting-edge CGI techniques to meld live action… » 2/16/13 1:00pm 2/16/13 1:00pm

A Backstage Look at How ILM Turned Mark Ruffalo Into a Gigantic Green…

Industrial Light and Magic has been in the visual effects game since the original Star Wars. And if you need any further proof that they're still one of the top FX shops on the planet, here's another look at the work they did to bring the Hulk to life in The Avengers. » 1/24/13 12:40pm 1/24/13 12:40pm

The Amazing Special Effects of The Walking Dead Are What Make the Show …

Just like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead is a fake good show. All the style and swagger, none of the substance. It had its moment during season one but this season has been a snoozefest filled with yawns, farms and not enough walkers. But you know what's still great? The special effects. » 2/20/12 10:00pm 2/20/12 10:00pm

The Amazing Special Effects of Boardwalk Empire Are What Make the Show …

I watch Boardwalk Empire but it's not a good show. It's only fake good. It wears the clothes, has the style and carries the swagger of a good show but it doesn't hold a candle to the old HBO greats. But you know what is great about Boardwalk Empire? The special effects. I had no idea. Watch the magic. » 1/22/12 9:00pm 1/22/12 9:00pm