How the VFX Wizards Brought Distant Galaxies to Life in Cosmos

If there was one reason to remake Carl Sagan's Cosmos almost 34 years after it originally aired, it was to take advantage of the leaps and bounds made in visual effects over the past three decades. It allowed the folks at BUF, and other VFX shops, to use cutting-edge computer graphics to give us glimpses of the… » 9/23/14 5:13pm Today 5:13pm

New Simulation Offers Definitive Proof the Moon Landing Was Not Fake

Over the years, we here at Gizmodo have provided you many, many examples of scientifically backed evidence to shove in the faces of lunar landing conspiracists. But this one might be the most convincing of all: Engineers used 3D modeling to prove, once and for all, that Buzz Aldrin really moonwalked. » 9/19/14 2:33pm Friday 2:33pm

How Game of Thrones Crafted Last Season's Emmy-Winning Visual Effects

Game of Thrones walked away from the Emmys last week with four of the biggest technical awards, including a very well-deserved win for best visual effects. One team responsible has posted some of their process videos from season 4. Let's just say it looks tougher than conquering the walled city of Meereen. » 9/02/14 12:19pm 9/02/14 12:19pm

What would happen if pilots were jerks racing airplanes at the runway

I just stumbled upon this old video that I first watched in 2005, a fake Xbox commercial called Racing Beats made by visual effects students Alex Kiesl and Steffen Hacker. It's a crazy race between four douchebags. Like Fast and Furious, but driving Boeing 747s around some airport runways. » 8/19/14 9:25pm 8/19/14 9:25pm

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 10:30am 8/15/14 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 7:43pm 7/08/14 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 6:00pm 6/27/14 6:00pm

Amazing photoshop job turns dozens of pictures into one seamless image

Image compositing is a common practice in digital art and advertising. But often the crazy extent of it is completely invisible. Like the image above, which is made of a few dozen separate pictures. This GIF—posted to Reddit—peels back the layers of one meticulously crafted scene. » 4/11/14 12:00pm 4/11/14 12:00pm

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 12:00pm 3/02/14 12:00pm

I can't believe this frighteningly realistic eyeball is not real

Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Boom. Holy hell. This is not a real eyeball. It's a completely computer generated eyeball that looks realer than my own eyeball. A CG eyeball. It's frightening, like they chopped half a human face for the eyeball. Actually, I'm not 100% sure they didn't do that. » 2/10/14 8:32pm 2/10/14 8:32pm

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

Nothing is real in movies but who cares when it looks this cool

It's been like this for some time now but nothing is ever real in movies anymore, it's just all special effects. Even that wall of that building that's out of focus in the background and completely forgettable was generated with a computer. That's why it's almost way more interesting to see the behind the scenes… » 12/18/13 8:29pm 12/18/13 8:29pm

Watch the visual effects reel of Thor: The Dark World's prologue

If you watched Thor: The Dark World, you surely remember the epic sequence that kicked off the movie. The opening battle did a great job in setting the tone and looked absolutely incredible. Blur Studios, the shop who did the visual effects for the prologue, lifts the curtain a bit to reveal how they made it in this… » 12/17/13 9:57pm 12/17/13 9:57pm

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… » 9/11/13 1:00am 9/11/13 1:00am

The Special Effects of Game of Thrones Are Still Unbelievably Amazing

For a TV show, Game of Thrones has clearly mastered the art of special effects. The quality of its visuals is simply spectacular. From the beautiful castles and boorish giants and nipple cutting we already know are fake to the amazing tricks of turning day into a bustling night camp and making snow impossibly glisten,… » 8/14/13 10:30pm 8/14/13 10:30pm

Everything You Thought Was Real in The Great Gatsby Was Visual Effects

At this point even the most gullible of filmgoers must realize that nearly every movie has been digitally enhanced in one way or another. Long gone are the days when talented VFX artists were only called on to bring spaceships and dinosaurs to life; these days directors like Baz Luhrmann spend millions on effects to… » 7/02/13 9:12am 7/02/13 9:12am