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 10:17pm 5/29/15 10:17pm

Watch 40 years of awesome ILM special effects in 1 minute

For the past 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has cooked up the special effects for countless movies and basically helped shape the imagination of movie watchers. They put together this reel of some of their work and the movies featured are basically any good movie with special effects in them. » 5/20/15 8:45pm 5/20/15 8:45pm

How VFX Wizards Got The Brady Bunch Back on Screen to Sell Candy Bars

One of the more memorable moments from last night's Super Bowl—at least before the end of the fourth quarter—was the latest Snickers ad that co-opted The Brady Bunch into selling candy bars. But if you thought the ad just used some clever editing and dubbing, over on FXGuide they have a thorough break-down of the… » 2/02/15 4:50pm 2/02/15 4:50pm

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 11:27am 12/29/14 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 11:37pm 12/18/14 11:37pm

Disney's Super-Realistic CG Eyeballs Are an Uncanny Valley Airlift

What most often gives away a CG character as fake is their dead, lifeless eyes. It's a common contributing factor to the uncanny valley effect, but now researchers at Disney have developed a system to perfectly capture a performer's eyes that promises to make CG characters finally appear more lifelike and convincing. » 12/05/14 10:52am 12/05/14 10:52am

Color-Correcting a 30-Second Beauty Ad Is Unbelievably Complex (Updated)

When it comes to post-production, it's usually the visual effects artists who bring impossible characters to life that get all the attention, not the digital artists responsible for color-correction. But watching this breakdown of all the work that goes into professionally color-correcting a L'Oréal Garnier commercial » 10/27/14 3:22pm 10/27/14 3:22pm

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 9/23/14 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 9/19/14 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