It’s always nice to know that not everything in movies is done with computers and CG and green screens. Pretty much very nearly almost all of it is, of course. But! There are still some directors using practical effects in some action movies and those scenes always look awesome. Here’s ten of ‘em.
A few weeks back, you might have seen a video floating around of what appeared to be a Viner Kevin Parry playing catch with his own reflection. It’s hard to look away from, but it’s obviously impossible. That led commenters to speculate on how the trick was done.
Even the most dedicated of method actors usually aren’t keen on having half their face blown off for a role. So where do they turn to when they need to look battle-worn and bloody? A very talented props department.
Swapping in a stunt double for an actor in a superhero movie is especially easy, since masks usually hide the character’s face. But the super-human abilities of most Marvel heroes are beyond the reach of even the most talented stunt performers. That’s where digital dopplegangers come in handy.
Terminator Genisys might not have been the most popular movie of 2015, but it did include a memorable fight scene where the old and young versions of Schwarzenegger’s T-800 have an epic street brawl. But how was Arnold able to fight himself? Cutting edge CG, obviously.
Movies heavy in visual effects don’t usually age well because they’re often trapped in their own time capsule. Special effects that were supposed to be impressive become cheesy and intimidating effects that were supposed to add to the plot become laughable. Nothing kills the suspension of disbelief faster than bad…
In the visual effects breakdown for Agent Carter season one, there are the usual suspects: explosions, effects from mad science, action sequences. But the thing that stands out is just how many effects were needed to turn the show’s California locations into period New York ones.
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.
Look, we all know at this point that the new Star Wars had some spectacularly lavish CG effects. But even then, it’s still awesome to see a giant, crashed Star Destroyer fall into place like it’s an incredibly elaborate puzzle.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that there was a lot of CG trickery involved in creating the red planet for Ridley Scott’s space thriller The Martian. But even though it’s obviously a very VFX-intense movie, it’s fascinating to see where the sets started, and how they ultimately ended up on screen.
Whenever the Flash runs, Supergirl flies, or the Legends of Tomorrow travel through time, it’s with Armen Kevorkian’s help. He’s the VFX Supervisor and Executive Creative Director at Deluxe’s Encore, which creates the many, many VFX in these three TV shows simultaneously—and does a damn good job, too.
When you go see a big blockbuster movie that’s been heavily done over in CG, you’re not exactly expecting reality. But you also don’t want to see huge visual effect gaffes that make you laugh at the ridiculousness of it either. Whether it’s bad practical effects like the dummy in The Fugitive or if it’s terrible vfx…
Doctor Who’s ninth season gave us some fantastic images: gorgeous vistas of alien cities, weird and creepy aliens, the whole shebang. Now you can get a little glimpse into how the show’s VFX artists brought it all together in this nifty compilation video.
Jessica Jones is notable for mostly treating powers as the everyday things they actually would be for the people who have to live with them. That doesn’t mean it was any easier for the VFX team to create them.
The southern-fried supernatural soap operatics of True Blood may have ended last year, but the show’s groundbreaking special effects live on in this VFX reel that compiles the very best of Zoic Studios’ goriest contributions.
It looks goofy as hell, that’s what it looks like. Whenever a movie relies as heavily on CGI and visual effects as Terminator: Genysis does, seeing the “real” footage is always weird. Needless to say, there are some spoilers if you chose to watch the video below.
Okay, first things first: No, Game of Thrones’ fifth season almost certainly shouldn’t have won the award for Best Drama Series over Mad Men at last night’s Emmys. Second: Yes, this is another Game of Thrones VFX reel, and yes, Game of Thrones absolutely deserved to win its fourth Special Effects Emmy, as this video…
Compared to the rest of the Marvel universe, Daredevil’s downright restrained. There were far fewer massive action sequences. And not a single Hulk. But special effects were still crucial to making the show work.
Image Engine, the Vancouver-based special effects company that worked on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, has posted up a VFX breakdown reel that shows just how they transformed Sharlto Copley into the film’s titular robot.
We’ve told you before how great the Gorilla Grodd episode of The Flash TV show was, and the TV Academy agrees—it gave the episode a well-deserved nomination for an Outstanding Special Visual Effects Emmy. We have the exclusive VFX breakdown of how the show created the battle between speedster and an evil telepathic…