Whether you loved or hated Ready Player One, odds are you were still amazed by the second challenge—yes, that scene—even if it’s just wondering how the hell director Steven Spielberg pulled off something so impossible. Now we know.
The visual effects breakdown reels continue to pour out of Hollywood as we get closer to the Academy Awards in March, with Industrial Light & Magic showing the world exactly why it’s won 16 Oscars for Best Visual Effects over the years, and why it thinks it deserves a 17th for its work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
It turns out, building a better King Kong for his latest cinematic adventure requires making him a damned dirty ape.
K-2SO is not the first robot Alan Tudyk has played. He also portrayed one in the 2004 Will Smith film I, Robot—and he initially thought that’s what Rogue One director Gareth Edwards wanted to talk to him about the first time they spoke.
If there’s anything Star Wars fans know about Gareth Edwards, it’s that he’s a very hands-on director. A recent demonstration shows how Industrial Light and Magic found a way to bring Edwards’ physical camerawork to the digital stage for Rogue One, using virtual reality.
The Oscars are right around the corner, and Industrial Light and Magic has been working hard to show off its contenders for Visual Effects. For Doctor Strange, they started by showing how they bent space. Now, they’re bending time.
The Oscars are a little over a week away, which means we’re finally getting a bunch of peeks at the visual effects behind 2016’s biggest blockbusters, including Doctor Strange. Here’s how Industrial Light & Magic twisted New York City into a giant mind-melting knot that would have impressed M.C. Escher.
Industrial Light and Magic isn’t done showing us how the delicious sausage gets made. Its latest Rogue One visual effects breakdown goes into how the company created the final space battle above Scarif, and it’s a feast for the eyes.
The best visual effects are the ones we don’t even see. In Rogue One, we know Tarkin isn’t physically there and that the Death Star doesn’t really exist. So it’s the landscapes that are the true magic: entire worlds created in a computer to build out and expand a little sliver of actual filming, or nothing at all.
By now, we’ve talked our heads off about the ILM recreations of 1977 Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One. We’ve talked ethics, quality, and even the process. The last piece is to simply watch how it was done, and now you can.
With the opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally behind us, there are a great many things to talk about. On the internet, though, one conversation has seemingly risen above them all: the movie’s CG characters.
Say what you will about the rest of Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie, it did a pretty incredible job of bringing the creatures and vistas of Blizzard’s gaming series to life. But looking at this new breakdown video from ILM, there were definitely some very disturbing steps in the process.
The only thing more impressive than invisible visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is seeing the work that went into them. Industrial Light & Magic did Oscar-nominated effects work gets stripped totally naked in this brand new VFX breakdown.
We show a lot of VFX reels at io9, because we always think it’s cool to see how much work goes into making fantasies look real. In that regard, this excellent Jurassic World VFX reel is no different. In another regard, it also features grown-ups pretending to be dinosaurs.
This video is freaking great. Made by the team at RocketJump Film School, it makes a strong argument that while people love to crap on computer graphics in movies, those people don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.
Now that the Oculus Rift has made virtual reality not suck, countless companies are lining up to produce ground-breaking interactive content. But the most exciting could come from Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects company behind Star Wars, Jurassic World, and countless other blockbusters.
Industrial Light and Magic has a proud heritage stretching back to the original Star Wars. And to celebrate, they’ve put together a one-minute video that sums up 40 years of visual effects wizardry. How many of these movies can you name?
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.
On Agent Carter, visual effects don't just create explosions or give an extra oomph to Howard Stark's creations, they also help the show recreate the 1940s New York in 2010s Los Angeles. In this early exclusive from WIRED, you can see just how much work a television schedule is for VFX Supervisor Sheena Duggal and her…
I don't want to blow your mind, but did you know that giant, flying SHIELD helicarriers in the popular Marvel movie weren't actually built, launched into the air, destroyed, and then crashed into Washington DC? It's true! As it turns out, these massive airships were in fact made by something call com-pyoo-turs!