Special Effects

Making Maleficent Fly

Maleficent’s Oscar-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor Carey Villegas speaks with Creative COW about his work creating the world of the iconic Disney villain, coordinating multiple effects houses on every one of over 1500 shots, and the challenges of creating realistic effects. I know you were the VFX supervisor on Alice in Wonderland, which was another very Read MoreRead More

Tour KNB Effects Group – a Shop Responsible for Effects for Walking Dead, Sin City, and Inglorious Basterds

Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead, started KNB Effects Group in 1988 with partners Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman. His credits are too numerous to list. Greg was kind enough to give us a tour of his studio. – via crafttruckRead More

In Depth Look at the Effects of “Elysium”

FX Guide takes a deep and in-depth look at the film “Elysium” which uses complete CGI effects as well as hybrid model-CGI creations to bring to life the world of a dystopian future. Even before the release of his first feature film, District 9, Neill Blomkamp had impressed audiences with his dystopian visions in short films Read MoreRead More

Making the Spinosaur for Jurassic Park III

The Stan Winston School shows off the real life monster-making workshop as they work on a 12 ton, 1,000 horsepower dinosaur. REAL-LIFE INSPIRATION Among the new dinosaurs created for JURASSIC PARK III was the massive Spinosaur, which was sculpted by key artist Joey Orosco in one-sixteenth-scale, from sketches by SWS concept designer Mark “Crash” McCreery. Read MoreRead More

Inside ILM – The History of the Magic

Grantland takes you into the storied confines of George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic headquarters to marvel at the art and relics from Lucas’s films, including the Yoda fountain, original ‘Star Wars’ character sketches, Slimer from ‘Ghostbusters,’ and much more. Produced and directed by Joe Braswell Behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, we Read MoreRead More

The Brilliant Digital Effects of “Life of Pi”

Telling the tale of a boy lost at sea with a tiger, hyena, zebra and orangutan requires some serious technical wizardry. This in depth article from FX Guide goes into detail about how animators and artists approached this gigantic task to make the beautiful jaw-dropping scenes of Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Visual effects supervisor Read MoreRead More

Creating Warp Speed with Steel Wool

Join filmmaker Joey Shanks as he creates the hypnotizing visual effect of warp speed with his unique, low-cost techniques in PBS Digital Studios new web series, “FX Factory.” Joey Shanks is a professional and his actions should not be recreated at home. Episode extras:Read More

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