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

Seeing 1.3 million particles get thrown in a bowl is weirdly satisfying

Maybe it’s because they look like cheese puffs? I don’t know. But seeing this visual simulation of 1.3 million orange cheese puffy-ish particles get thrown into a bowl and the cascading physics that results because of that thought experiment basically stole my eyeballs for much longer than it should have. »5/11/15 8:00pm5/11/15 8:00pm

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

Cool SFX: Watch Zooey Deschanel dance with an invisible person

Here's the music video for She & Him's song Stay Awhile. It's a lovely stroll that follows Zooey Deschanel dancing around with an invisible person inside a bedroom, a living room and the clouds. Dancing alone is always the best since no one is watching but dancing with an invisible person looks even better. »1/08/15 10:45pm1/08/15 10:45pm

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

CGI footage of people falling and not getting up makes me laugh so hard

I must be a horrible person because I howled so hard when I saw this CGI footage by Dave Fothergill that shows computer generated people falling down over and over again as they get swept around by a swinging metal fence. Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for these clumsy CGI folk to make it through but I'm laughing at… »10/21/14 1:22am10/21/14 1:22am

Super slick CGI movie teaser makes me want to see the whole thing

CGI and visual effects are often over used in mainstream movies these days but there are still some really cool sequences that can only pop and make you gasp with the help of VFX. This short teaser for The Message, a short film by Industry Visual Effects, goes all in on CGI and it looks pretty fun. »9/08/14 11:13pm9/08/14 11:13pm

How VFX Made the Guardians of the Galaxy Characters Come to Life

The vigilantes in Guardians of the Galaxy are a multi-species motley crew, and naturally it took a lot of computer-based magic to come to life. FX Guide has the scoop on how a vast team of VFX artists made a mouthy raccoon, a teenage tree, and the rest of the gang look like aliens you could (almost) believe. »8/15/14 10:30am8/15/14 10:30am

This video shows how pretty much everything in Game of Thrones is fake

By now, we know that Game of Thrones uses a heavy VFX hand when it comes to building the world of Westeros but it's still amazing how real their visual effects can make it look. That's because pretty much everything is fake. Seriously. Anything far off in the distance or people standing around or flags waving have all… »7/08/14 7:43pm7/08/14 7:43pm

Transformers VFX Guru Explains Why Building CGI Bots Is Getting Harder

If you see Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth (fourth!) film in the franchise this weekend, you're not going to see an emotional tale of robots banding together to overcome adversity. You're going for the badass special effects. We chatted with VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to see how the new movie made them… »6/27/14 6:00pm6/27/14 6:00pm

12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. »5/07/14 4:39pm5/07/14 4:39pm

Visual Effects Artists Behind The Hobbit Are Picketing the Oscars

Ironically enough, in 2013 the studio responsible for the crazy CGI tiger in Life of Pi won the Oscar for best visual effects just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. Its story—seen in the short doc above—is indicative of a larger problem in the suffering VFX industry. Adding to that, the artists and animators behind … »3/02/14 12:00pm3/02/14 12:00pm