Posts tagged with ‘special effects

Dad turns his son into a superhero with the magic of special effects

Oh, it’s not just this one video… dude’s got a whole channel of this shit and it’s pretty incredible and you’d better watch all of them.

3D Printing is making practical effects more competitive with CGI effects

Sadly, the art of hand-made models for practical effects in films is dying. Filmmakers cite a lot of reasons. Cost and the time involved in model-building are usually the main reasons to go with CGI instead of a model shot. However, 3D printing is making practical effects cheaper and faster to the point where they can compete with CGI from a cost and time perspective.  This is a good thing overall, since the human brain is very good at detecting bad CGI. The days of completely hand-made models may long gone, but there is a good chance that practical effects are still here to stay for a while.

Take a tour of the super geektastic studios of Volpin Props

We’ve had several videos and photos of some of the amazing things made at Volpin Props over the years, and now you can take a video tour of where all the geekcraft magic happens.

Hollywood special effects guru Ray Harryhausen dies at 92

For decades, Ray Harryhausen was one of Hollywood’s most spectacular special effects wizards in the era way before high quality special effects. Using stop motion, rubber puppets and miniatures to make fantasy come alive in films like ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’. Harryhausen died today at the age of 92 at his home in Los Angeles.

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IHC After Dark: George Troester special effects demo reel

Hey IHC gang! I’m a special effects makeup artist and I just finished a new demo reel. If it doesn’t suck, would you mind sharing it?

IHCer Nick Tolve’s VFX sci-fi battle reel

Been working on this project for the past few weeks, Support the VFX community, enjoy! 

Programs used: Maya, Cinema 4d Nuke, After Effects, Illustrator. 

Why the Hollywood VFX community is so pissed at Hollywood

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Last Sunday at the Oscars, as Bill Westenhoffer was accepting an award for his visual effects work on ‘Life of Pi’, just as he was about to address the grievances of Hollywood VFX professionals, his mic was cut off fifteen seconds short. With pretty much every movie these days relying heavily on visual effects, the VFX community has been getting lowballed consistently to the point where the VFX company that won for Life of Pi couldn’t afford to keep their doors open.

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The Hobbit effects crew had to study herpes to make the Goblin King

A behind the scenes look at the making of the Goblin King from The Hobbit, including an explanation of how the look of the character was based on herpes sores.

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ILM releases their Avengers effects reel for your Oscar consideration

How much CGI went into The Avengers? All of it. Even Chris Evans. Yes kids, Chris Evans doesn’t really exist… he’s entirely made of special effects.

Merry Christmas to IHC from LC Props
"Hi IHC, thought you might like my Xmas card. I make props, costumes and prosthetics in the UK. Merry Christmas everyone!"

Merry Christmas to IHC from LC Props

"Hi IHC, thought you might like my Xmas card. I make props, costumes and prosthetics in the UK. Merry Christmas everyone!"

The amazing animatronics of Gustav Hoegen

Not CGI, but wow, what an amazing animatronic showreel by the talented Gustav Hoegen! Gustav’s specialty is Animatronic Effects, Prosthetic Makeup Effects for TV and Film. His credits and some shots shown in this video include: Prometheus, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Clash of the Titans, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who and more.

Let’s all take a field trip to Industrial Light and Magic! Yaaaay!

Well.. a virtual field trip with The Verge, to the place that’s been putting the ILM in film for decades and decades.

Behind the scenes visual effects video for Game of Thrones season 2

Gave upon the Emmy winning visual effects from the second season of Game of Thrones, all the way from the wildfire attack on Blackwater Bay down to Melissandre’s shadow baby/assassin thing.

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Awesome behind the scenes photo from the Avengers, showing Mark Ruffalo virtually Hulking out
Just because a movie has a lot of CGI, doesn’t mean there’s just some guy pushing the magic “special effects” button on a computer. It still takes a lot of work to stage the whole thing convincingly.
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Awesome behind the scenes photo from the Avengers, showing Mark Ruffalo virtually Hulking out

Just because a movie has a lot of CGI, doesn’t mean there’s just some guy pushing the magic “special effects” button on a computer. It still takes a lot of work to stage the whole thing convincingly.

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