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 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

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: Disneyland's … » 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

Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's how … » 9/11/13 1:00am 9/11/13 1:00am

Even Behind-the-Scenes That Chest Bursting Alien Is Terrifying

A lot of people try and avoid behind-the-scenes looks at their favorite movies for fear it could ruin the mystique of what they're seeing on-screen. But surprisingly, seeing the inner workings of the infamous chest bursting alien from Aliens is just about as terrifying as the actual scene in the movie, if not more so. » 9/06/13 8:02am 9/06/13 8:02am

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