Mad Max: Fury Road without the special effects is still awesome

Most movies, especially big blockbuster action movies, look embarrassingly awkward when you strip away the CGI and special effects and expose it in real life. It’s because so much is fake these days! Not Mad Max: Fury Road though. That movie’s action sequences still look so bad ass in real life. Check it out. » 6/06/15 3:49am 6/06/15 3:49am

San Andreas without the special effects looks even more ridiculous

You know what happens in a real earthquake? A pause. And then slight confusion. And then frantically trying to remember what elementary school taught you on where you should go. And then panic because you don’t remember. You know what happens when you film an earthquake disaster movie such as San Andreas? Comedy. » 5/29/15 10:17pm 5/29/15 10:17pm

Watch 40 years of awesome ILM special effects in 1 minute

For the past 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has cooked up the special effects for countless movies and basically helped shape the imagination of movie watchers. They put together this reel of some of their work and the movies featured are basically any good movie with special effects in them. » 5/20/15 8:45pm 5/20/15 8:45pm

Behind the scenes footage of Avengers 2 shows how goofy movie making is

I have no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be ridiculously fun and awesomely badass in all the ways that comic book superhero movies should be. But boy, making such a spectacle for a movie leads to some hilarious behind the scenes footage. I mean, check out this 9 minute clip of Avengers 2 and… » 4/15/15 4:32pm 4/15/15 4:32pm

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 3/31/15 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

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

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