A tense action scene from the movie Everest with no SFX added is hilariously great

In a hilarious mix up, the movie studio behind Everest sent the BBC this clip of the movie that had no sound effects added. Which is really, really great for us because it is oh so goofy to see an impossibly tense scene of the movie with all the VFX added and everything looking right and action packed but sounding...… »10/01/15 4:45pmThursday 4:45pm

Why CGI doesn't actually suck

It’s popular to poke fun of CG and whine about the overuse of CG special effects in movies and wish for the old days when everything was done with practical effects but that’s not really the case. What’s great about good CG is that it’s totally unnoticeable, so many movies implement CG that you don’t even realize what… »8/06/15 1:42am8/06/15 1:42am

How The Walking Dead uses special effects to fake gory zombie kills

The Walking Dead is probably one of the goriest and grossest shows on television because all they do is kill zombies. And though zombies are not real (yet, at least), the blood and gore look real because of all the amazing special effects on the show. Here’s a reel from Stargate Studios showing their best work of VFX… »7/21/15 8:20pm7/21/15 8:20pm

The special effects behind Game of Thrones' epic White Walker battle

The VFX in Game of Thrones is consistently great for a TV show, with some scenes rivaling the very best of any visual medium. And this past season’s battle (or massacre) at Hardhome between the White Walkers and wights vs The Night’s Watch and the wildlings might very well be the best we’ve seen. At the very least,… »7/08/15 2:39am7/08/15 2:39am

Video breaks down why special effects in movies peaked in the 90's

Here’s an interesting video explainer that details why special effects and fancy CGI has ruined movies (or at least, made them less enjoyable). It all feels too fake! Story Brain breaks down how as technology for CGI improved and allowed movie makers to do more with visual effects, our brains interpret it negatively. »7/02/15 8:30pm7/02/15 8:30pm

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 3:49am6/06/15 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 10:17pm5/29/15 10:17pm

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 4:32pm4/15/15 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 11:44pm3/31/15 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 9:01pm3/19/15 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 11:27am12/29/14 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 11:37pm12/18/14 11:37pm