It’s absolutely no surprise that blockbuster movies rely so heavily on special effects and CG all the time now. When the effects are good, it just makes more sense for the fictional world they are building and the shots they are making. But it will forever be hilarious to see the actors act out in ridiculous suits and…
Tom Scott's back, this time giving us a lesson about the history of green screen, and how you did it when all you had to work with was film or video.
Everybody knows how the 13-minute-long, zombie-laden adventure that is the Thriller video shaped the history of music and saw the birth to a little phenomenon called MTV. Michael Jackson was primed to reinvent the medium from the start, though, with his very first music video.
Someone had the clever idea to erase every Brazilian player out of the humiliating World Cup game with Germany. The fact is that it doesn't really matter because Brazil was an invisible troupe of clowns to begin with. The game plays just the same without them.
We were saddened to learn that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? star Bob Hoskins passed away last night, and this video shows just how game an actor Hoskins was—turning himself into a human cartoon as he acted against a blue screen.
It always rains the day you're moving or gets really icy when you have a lot of driving ahead of you. Murphy's Law definitely applies. If you could control the weather things would be much easier, and Design I/O wants you to feel like you can. Their installation allows participants to make it rain, produce wind,…
Could The Great Gatsby be one of the year's most special effects-heavy films? This VFX sizzle reel certainly makes it look that way.
Hello Jessica Starr, weather woman of FOX Detroit, you don't seem to be wearing any clothes. In fact, you look invisible! Is this meteorologist sorcery? A camera trick? A fashion faux pas? A bit of everything actually.
If you've watched any basketball games this past season, you might have noticed some really great commercials that showed current NBA stars in their earlier life (in high school, college, etc) interacting with people from "the future" (or 2011). It's amazing when you see 2005 version of Kevin Durant "react" to the…
The Last Airbender will carve a new path in visual effects, showing you things no movie ever has: water tentacles and gusts of fire. We visited Industrial Light and Magic, and saw what every other movie will be copying soon.
We're stunned by Stargate Studios' demo reel, which basically breaks down all their TV green-screen trickery. Everything our TVs show us is a lie. Everything! It's unnerving how much actual scenery green screens have replaced on television. [via EW]
One of the most challenging aspects of filmmaking is matching shots against green-screens, with backgrounds added in post-production. Now, Roomba co-creator Eliot Mack has devised a way to integrate the virtual backdrops seamlessly with scenes as they are shot.
Grandma Millie and Grandma Fran + green screen roller coaster = 80 seconds of pure hilarious joyride. Please, god, let this be a series. Next stop: Grandmas in Space! [The Daily What]
Something fun (though NSFW) to end your work week: Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop has provided amazing effects for movies like Lord of the Rings, but can it green-screen naughty bits for indie-film makers? This mock behind-the-scenes look answers that question.
Now you can desecrate your favorite movies and TV shows by using Yoostar's Webcam/microphone, green screen, and software to insert yourself into famous scenes. The results are easily uploaded to Yoostar.com, where you can also buy more scenes to use.
Missed the first season of Syfy's series starring monster hunters and protectors, Bigfoot, and a vampire Nikola Tesla? The upcoming Sanctuary DVD set features all 13 episodes from the show's first season, as well as the eight original webisodes used to sell the series to Syfy. Plus, one of three "making of"…
Sci Fi has announced that they'll be producing Sanctuary, television's first entirely green screen show. Its plot explores the possible existence of shadow-hidden mutants living among us (which doesn't sound like the worst fodder for CGI overload, though a weather drama might have required a lower budget). With the…
At the panel about Journey to the Center of the Earth, Brendan Fraser was on hand, along with producer Charlotte Huggins, "3D expert" Ed Marsh. Brendan Fraser spent most of the time extolling the virtues of James Cameron's new Fusion camera system, which they used to make this. Despite being sick, Fraser spent a lot…
Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1) plays the protector of downtrodden monsters in Sanctuary, soon to appear on the Sci Fi Channel. Her character, Dr. Helen Magnus, is a "cryptozoologist" who creates the Sanctuary Institute to protect and study the mutants that skulk around her future dystopian city. Sanctuary is the first