The top 10 practical special effects of all time

This top 10 list of best practical effects of all time is pretty much spot on. Not a single bit of computer graphics were used in these spectacular shots and some of them will really surprise of you. Like the airplane heist in The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed in real life, with real airplanes and stuntmen. » 6/10/14 12:00am 6/10/14 12:00am

T-600 Is Menacing Even When You Can See Puppeteers Moving It

Stan Winston Schools has released other behind the scenes footage of the T-600 puppet from Terminator Salvation, but this gives a clearer sense of how the animatronics evolved and how important the materials are in any puppet. If it's not lightweight, but with the stability and feel of whatever it's representing, it… » 9/01/13 7:12pm 9/01/13 7:12pm

Building the Animatronic Terror That Trounced a T-Rex

Jurassic Park III may not be your favorite movie in the series. But that doesn't mean its effects weren't fantastic. In fact, the somewhat random third entry in the series boasted the biggest animatronic 'saur yet: the Spinosaurus. Stan Winston Studios recalls the details of that behemoth's construction, and it's… » 6/22/13 2:58pm 6/22/13 2:58pm

Fake Your Own Death this Halloween With an Air Compressor Blood Cannon

Halloween presents a wonderful excuse for a lot of things, one of the best probably being the simulation of murder and suicide for the purpose of terrifying innocent children. It's a bit difficult to pull it off live, but if you're into the idea of making a festively gory flick, an air compressor blood cannon can go… » 10/27/12 6:40pm 10/27/12 6:40pm

How To Turn a Fish Tank Into a Crazy Alien World

CGI is everywhere, but there's something about practical effects that are just way cooler, especially when you dig into what it takes to make them happen. "Cloud Tanks" are tool that's been used in plenty of great films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Poltergeist to make weird… » 10/07/12 6:00pm 10/07/12 6:00pm