A behind the scenes look at the insane stunts of Fast and Furious 7

Furious 7 is releasing this weekend which means all of mankind is about to have their eyeballs blasted (and brains removed for two hours) with the most insane special and practical effects that don't involve space or superheroes or space-based superheroes. Here's a quick cut of some behind the scenes footage of … » 3/31/15 11:44pm Yesterday 11:44pm

How that crazy city of Knowhere in Guardians of the Galaxy was made

One of the reasons I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy so much was because I got to explore a world in which I had no expectations. Take that crazy city Knowhere, which is inside a giant Celestial head, I didn't even know it existed, let alone know what it "should" look like. Here's the VFX reel showing how the city… » 3/19/15 9:01pm 3/19/15 9:01pm

Watch a Dad's Special Effects Turn Playtime Into Crazy Action Scenes

The world's best Dad-who-is-also-pretty-good-with-Adobe-AfterEffects is back with a brand new batch of cutscenes to turn his lucky kid into the most adorable action hero this side of baby Groot. » 1/21/15 10:58am 1/21/15 10:58am

How ILM Helped Make Winter Soldier One of 2014's Best Movies

As far as superheroes go, on paper a movie about goody two-shoes Captain America doesn't sound like it would be all that entertaining. But both of Marvel's Captain films have been pretty fantastic, and part of the credit goes to the wonderful visual effects done by Industrial Light & Magic, which recently posted a… » 12/29/14 11:27am 12/29/14 11:27am

How they made the crazy visual effects of Transformers 4

Skip the terrible movie that was Transformers 4 and let's just enjoy the awesomeness of this visual effects reel from ILM for Transformers: Age of Extinction. It has all the coolest parts of the movie anyway, which is all the parts with any Transformers transforming and any Transformers causing explosions. » 12/18/14 11:37pm 12/18/14 11:37pm

Rebuilding the Black Hole from Interstellar with DIY Effects

The black hole from Interstellar is the product of millions of dollars of movie magic, but maybe it didn't have to be. DIY effects extraordinaire Joey Shanks of Shanks FX made a pretty good poor man's version with just some sparkers and Photoshop. Spoilers, sort of. » 11/05/14 10:36am 11/05/14 10:36am

Michael Jackson's First Music Video and the Birth of Green Screen

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. » 10/10/14 7:00pm 10/10/14 7:00pm

Watch a Dad's Righteous Special Effects Turn His Kid Into an Action Hero

It's great to have a good imagination, sure. But do you know what's even better? Having a dad who can use special effects to put you inside all of your favorite movies and games. Awwww heck yes. » 8/25/14 10:13am 8/25/14 10:13am

Are these the 10 best looking movies that have used CGI?

Though CGI may be overused in some movies and poorly executed in more, some visual masterpieces have relied on the fantastic tool to create beautiful worlds that push the possibilities of our imagination. Here's Watch Mojo's list of the 10 most visually striking movies that are filled with CGI. » 8/14/14 10:42pm 8/14/14 10:42pm

How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

Cinematic special effects have come a long way since Jason and the Argonauts. What once required dedicated and labor-intensive filming sessions can now easily be generated in near-lifelike quality by modern CGI. But Luma Pictures, an animation studio responsible for some of the biggest blockbuster movie effects of the… » 7/25/14 4:21pm 7/25/14 4:21pm

How Game of Thrones Made Last Season's Most Fantastical Fight Look Real

Game of Thrones is known for many things: complex fictional geopolitical intrigue, incest rape, sexposition. The popular HBO show is also known for its high-end production, and season four's thrilling snow-covered finale fight scene is no exception, with the remarkable special effects that have become a hallmark of… » 7/15/14 11:31am 7/15/14 11:31am

Clever video makes movie characters take selfies in famous movie scenes

This is silly in an I'm not exactly sure why this exists but it still made me giggle kind of way. TNT Russia stitched together movies to make famous movie characters look like they're taking selfies as they go about the scene. It emphasizes how awkward the act of taking a selfie is and laughs at our need to document… » 6/20/14 11:39pm 6/20/14 11:39pm

How Jurassic Park changed the way movies are made forever

Here's a fascinating bit of film history: one of the most incredible moments in movie history wasn't in a movie at all but just a test shot for Jurassic Park. It's that test footage—of a T-Rex walking—that changed movies forever. It's that scene—simply called the Dinosaur Skin Test—that made filmmakers realize how… » 6/11/14 2:21am 6/11/14 2:21am

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

Noah genesis sequence mixes science and religion into a pretty tale

Everyone has their own beliefs so I don't care if you side with science or put yourself to faith or are too lazy to think about it, that doesn't really change anything here. Just enjoy the beautiful sequence in this scene from the movie Noah about the creation of Earth. It tells the story of how life was created… » 5/12/14 11:11pm 5/12/14 11:11pm

The Jim Henson Creature Shop Highlight Reel Reinforces Our Muppet Love

The work done by Jim Henson's Creature Shop doesn't only just show up on Sesame Street and in the latest batch of Muppet movies. Any time you see a convincing looking creature in a commercial that wasn't brought to life through CG, odds are the Creature Shop had a hand in its creation. » 2/28/14 10:40am 2/28/14 10:40am

Life of Pi's VFX Team Explains What's Wrong With Their Industry

In 2013, Rhythm 'N Hues Studios won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. This is the story of where they—and nearly two dozen other studios that have closed in the last decade—went wrong. » 2/26/14 5:20pm 2/26/14 5:20pm

Inside the Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Great

Gravity was a stunning piece of cinema, brought to life by some beautiful special effects. In this video show'n'tell, VFX company Framestore reveals how it achieved some of the most breathtaking scenes. » 2/25/14 5:15am 2/25/14 5:15am

How Jurassic Park Made Tiny Flesh-Eating Dino Puppets So Scary

There's a lot of CGI deployed in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and you'd be forgiven for assuming that most of the dino-action was cooked up by a computer. Not so the tiny little compsognathus, a carnivorous chicken-like beast that was cooked up with plastic molds and fishing line. » 2/09/14 12:00pm 2/09/14 12:00pm

How ILM created Hong Kong with special effects just to destroy it

Probably the most insane fight sequence of Pacific Rim was when a Jaeger fought a Kaiju in the streets of Hong Kong. The entire city was destroyed, glass shards flew everywhere, neon lights were exploding, streets were being crushed, shipping containers somehow were involved and the whole battle was just beyond epic. … » 1/17/14 10:30pm 1/17/14 10:30pm