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Why Working on 12 Marvel Movies Only Partially Prepared ILM for Avengers: Endgame

Imagine if Avengers: Endgame was the first Marvel movie. Not storywise, of course. That would be silly. But think about a team-up, comic book movie on this scale coming to cinemas, sight unseen. Logistically, that feels like a nightmare for a ton of reasons, especially if a company (or several) was tasked with first conceptualising, then designing, crafting, and eventually digitally creating all of those characters, all from scratch, for a single movie. Read More >>

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One of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Giant Explosions Was Inspired By the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube

Digital tools like 3D animation and motion capture helped revolutionise the visual effects industry, but there’s still plenty of room for practical effects to help bring the impossible to the big screen. Solo: A Star Wars Story’s VFX supervisor Julian Foddy revealed to the BBC that one of the film’s most memorable explosions was actually inspired by a popular YouTube channel. Read More >>

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Here’s How Steven Spielberg and ILM Recreated That Movie for Ready Player One

Whether you loved or hated Ready Player One, odds are you were still amazed by the second challenge—yes, that scene—even if you were just wondering how the hell even someone like director Steven Spielberg pulled off something so impossible. Now we know. Read More >>

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This Force Awakens Special Effects Reel Will Blow Your Mind

The only thing more impressive than invisible visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is seeing the work that went into them. Industrial Light & Magic did Oscar-nominated effects work gets stripped totally naked in this brand new VFX breakdown. Read More >>

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Watch 40 Years of Awesome ILM Special Effects in One Minute

For the past 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has cooked up the special effects for countless movies and basically helped shape the imagination of movie watchers. They put together this reel of some of their work and the movies featured are basically any good movie with special effects in them. Read More >>

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How ILM Made You Believe This Was a Real Hangar in Star Wars

When I saw Return of the Jedi at the cinema back in 1983 I and everyone else thought this matte painting of a Rebel hangar was a real thing—that, somehow, they managed to build a full size set with giant models. It was all a magic trick that used distraction to fool your brain. This BBC documentary explains how. Read More >>

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How ILM Helped Make Winter Soldier One of 2014’s Best Movies

As far as superheroes go, on paper a movie about goody two-shoes Captain America doesn't sound like it would be all that entertaining. But both of Marvel's Captain films have been pretty fantastic, and part of the credit goes to the wonderful visual effects done by Industrial Light & Magic, which recently posted a breakdown of some of its extensive work on Winter Soldier. Read More >>

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These Insanely Detailed Star Wars Models are Truly Works of Art

As the next wave of leaks from the next Star Wars are oh-so-slow to trickle in, hopefully this will tide you over: a colossal collection of 140 photographs featuring Industrial Light & Magic's model-building process from 1977 to 1983. It's simply incredible. Read More >>

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Star Wars: Episode VII Special Effects Will be Created in London’s New ILM Soho Studio

It may be set in a galaxy far, far away, but its special effects are being made a lot closer to home. Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects power house behind the SFX for Star Wars: Episode VII has today opened a brand new studio in London's Soho. Read More >>

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The Effects For Star Trek: ID Were Even More Special Than Cumberbatch

Update: Sadly the video itself is now private and doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. If it pops back up you'll be the first to know. Read More >>

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ILM’s Effects For The Lone Ranger Were Way Better Than the Movie

Just because a blockbuster tanked at the box office, doesn't mean the talented folks who worked on the film didn't pour their hearts and souls into every frame. Especially those responsible for a film's visual effects, whose work often goes unnoticed when they've done their job right. Read More >>

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Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim‘s Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's how they created that magnificent world. Yeah, let's watch the movie again. [Mirada Studios] Read More >>

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How Pacific Rim’s Monster-Mashing Amazingness Came Out of Digital Art

Have you seen Pacific Rim yet? We really liked it in all its creature-tastic, city destroying splendor. Watch this short behind-the-scenes video to hear about how it was all put together. Read More >>

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How ILM Created the Hulk for The Avengers

Yesterday we saw how ILM created a whole load of kick-ass CGI scenes from The Avengers. Now feast your eyes on just how they created the immense beast that is the Hulk, in The Avengers. Read More >>

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This Is How ILM Went and Made All Those Incredible Special Effects in The Avengers

To celebrate being nominated for an Oscar for its work on The Avengers, Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects wizards, have released a behind-the-digital-scenes look at how all the awesome visuals were made. Watch this and be utterly amazed. Read More >>