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

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

The Effects For Star Trek: ID Were Even More Special Than Cumberbatch

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hit theaters way back in 1982, and the film's tense space battles were realized by Industrial Light and Magic using models and old-school film effect techniques. So it was only fitting that ILM was called upon again to bring J.J. Abrams' take on the clash between James T. Kirk and Khan… » 1/03/14 2:56pm 1/03/14 2:56pm

The High Tech Movie Magic Behind Ender's Game's Zero-G Battle Room

The on-screen adaptation of Ender's Game is already filled with enough gorgeous cinematography to get space nuts drooling, but no scene hits that space envy button quite as hard Ender's Zero-G stint in the battle school war room. Design FX for Wired talked to the film's graphic team to see what it took to make those… » 11/04/13 5:59pm 11/04/13 5:59pm

A Haunted House Filled With DIY Tricks From Disney's Haunted Mansion

Haunted houses have gone over the top in the quest for guts, gristle and gore. But the Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater in Los Angeles offers a clever, DIY twist on scare tactics. Its fascinating—yet still freaky—lo-fi haunting techniques are cribbed from one of the country's original spooky addresses:… » 10/31/13 11:00am 10/31/13 11:00am

A Company That Creates Fake Battles to Prepare Soldiers For Real War

Some might say that nothing can truly prepare one for the atrocities of war. From the chaos of screaming civilians and injured soldiers to the horror of exploding everything, the experience must be nothing short of horrific. And it's this Hollywood production company's job to reproduce it. » 10/10/13 11:02am 10/10/13 11:02am