Monster movies, especially Japanese ones, have had a long love affair with practical effects work. But short film Kaiju Bunraku, which made its debut at Sundance last year (and is now finally online), takes that relationship and runs with it, in a beautifully stylized story told entirely with puppets.
Today is the anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that launched the legendary Indiana Jones franchise. In this exclusive video for io9, Backyard VFX artist Joey Shanks recreates the Ark reveal that melted a million faces. The video also features behind-the-scenes interviews from Raiders that demonstrate…
Long before aliens and unusual scifi creatures were realized with pixels and processors, characters like Star Wars’ Jabba the Hutt were brought to life by a team of talented puppeteers, who, when hidden away inside the giant figure, didn’t always know exactly where the puppet’s hands were.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will have more dinosaurs in it than every single Jurassic movie before it combined, according to a recently posted featurette. Obviously, that means a lot of CG dinosaurs but it also means plenty of practical ones too, and both are on full display in this neat video.
When you think Star Wars vehicles you don’t think “wheels,” you think flying, hovering, walking, or crawling. So it’s kind of weird to see fairly normal looking pickup trucks driving through the “alien” world in this behind-the-scenes footage from The Last Jedi.
In the game of thrones, you win or you die—except when you’re turned into a White Walker, which is kind of a mash-up of both. Given the size of the horde that’s amassed under the Night King’s rule over the past seven seasons, it’s amazing to know how much detail goes into making the creatures a reality. One of the…
One of the many reasons Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film Starship Troopers still holds up is its blend of practical and digital effects. And while digital effect videos can obviously be entertaining, there’s something extra special about seeing a cool practical effect created. Especially 20 years after the fact.
Adam Savage and the Tested crew recently had the opportunity to visit the sets of Alien: Covenant, and in their latest video they not only get some hands-on time with many of the weapons used in the upcoming prequel, they also learned the secrets of how alien-infected actors are able to vomit so much blood.
Most movies, especially big blockbuster action movies, look embarrassingly awkward when you strip away the CGI and special effects and expose it in real life. It’s because so much is fake these days! Not Mad Max: Fury Road though. That movie’s action sequences still look so bad ass in real life. Check it out.
Furious 7 is releasing this weekend which means all of mankind is about to have their eyeballs blasted (and brains removed for two hours) with the most insane special and practical effects that don't involve space or superheroes or space-based superheroes. Here's a quick cut of some behind the scenes footage of …
Though I understand its problems, I still enjoyed the visual ride that was Interstellar. Still, the best thing about the movie might have been the TARS and CASE moving monolith robot machines. Here's a behind the scenes clip that shows how the practical effects of TARS and CASE were made and how they were controlled…
The Fast & Furious movie franchise is consistently the most fun anyone can have in a movie theater because the stuff they do is completely ridiculous and borderline insane. Like do you remember that scene from the Furious 7 trailer where they dropped cars from an airplane? That wasn't CGI, that actually happened.
Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI.
Christopher Nolan's quest for realistic-looking space travel in Interstellar was achieved partially through the amazing models of New Deal Studios, which used a lot of ingenuity to achieve Nolan's very specific requests. One solution included a lot of salt.
This top 10 list of best practical effects of all time is pretty much spot on. Not a single bit of computer graphics were used in these spectacular shots and some of them will really surprise of you. Like the airplane heist in The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed in real life, with real airplanes and stuntmen.
In the second Jurassic Park movie, a pack of tiny Compsognathus swarm Peter Stormare's character, Dieter Stark. Apparently, even the remote-controlled puppet versions of these Compies were vicious little critters; some were designed to actually bite Stormare's lip.
The Ender's Game movie includes a lot of props that were created via 3-D printer... and this could be the wave of the future. Ars Technica speculates that 3-D printing could make model-creation cheap enough, and easy enough, to give CG a run for its money.
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…
AI had its narrative problems, sure. But it didn't have a problem with the awesomeness of its practical effects, specifically the awesomeness of this fully kinetic, crippled android puppet. It's so good that the robo-carnage is almost disturbing.
Sometimes when you need a Terminator, a crazy puppet backpack will do. Sometimes, you've just gotta go a little further. And when it came to Terminator 3, the effects team took the second option and basically built actually Terminators. Almost.