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.

Instead of trying to hack up actual footage of the city, ILM simply rebuilt New York from scratch as a giant digital model so the visual effects studio could then warp and twist it around to create the Mirror Dimension that defies all the laws of nature we know.