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Here’s How the Zorgons From Zathura: A Space Adventure Came to Life

Did you ever watch Zathura? Directed by Jon Favreau and based on a story by the author of Jumanji, I’m not sure if Zathura: A Space Adventure ever made its way fully into cult classic status. I remember it having a certain allure around its release, though, with my peers whispering about the “weird scifi Jumanji movie.” Also it had a young Josh Hutcherson and Kristin Stewart in it! Read More >>

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The Last Jedi VFX Breakdown Reveals the Work of ILM’s VFX Masters

The visual effects breakdown reels continue to pour out of Hollywood as we get closer to the Academy Awards in March, with Industrial Light & Magic showing the world exactly why it’s won 16 Oscars for Best Visual Effects over the years, and why it thinks it deserves a 17th for its work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Read More >>

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How VFX Wizardry Brought the Ghouls of Goosebumps Books to the Big Screen

The phrase “reader beware, you’re in for a scare” is ingrained on the memory of a certain generation. We’re the ones who grew up watching the Goosebumps TV show (and can legitimately say that we fancied Ryan Gosling before anyone else), and who read the R. L. Stine books at sleepovers where we were far too terrified to sleep. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park Changed the Way Movies are Made

Here's a fascinating bit of film history: one of the most incredible moments in movie history wasn't in a movie at all but just a test shot for Jurassic Park. It's that test footage of a T-Rex walking that changed movies forever. It's that scene, simply called the Dinosaur Skin Test, that made film-makers realise how powerful CGI was and how they could truly create whatever they wanted in movies. Read More >>

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The Top 10 Practical Special Effects of all Time

This top 10 list of best practical effects of all time is pretty much spot on. Not a single bit of computer graphics was used in these spectacular shots and some of them will really surprise of you. Like the airplane heist in The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed in real life, with real airplanes and stuntmen. Read More >>

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How SFX Wizards Designed Teenage Dragons for Game of Thrones

Sure, we're not talking practical effects like with the chestburster or T-600, but the magic behind the Game of Thrones dragons is just as impressive, except with computers. Read More >>

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The Visual Effects Behind Iron Man’s HUD in Iron Man 3

Iron Man's HUD has always been one of the cooler details in any sci-fi movie. The way it pops up, the way it shields the face, the way it works — it's fantastically unreal and yet completely believable. And the beauty is in its impressive details. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park’s Fearsome Robo-Rex Got Its Skin

It's one thing to make a giant, robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex. It's another thing entirely to make it look remotely real. Granted, a robo-rex is awesome in its own right, but it's just not quite the flavour of monster fit for a film like Jurassic Park. And so. it was practical effects to the rescue yet again with a carefully applied dino-skin. Read More >>

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Listen to All the Bleeps and Bloops of Hollywood’s Fake Computers

Your computer probably makes the odd bleep now and then, maybe the occasional bloop. But the giant, glowing, blinking machines of Hollywood fame have a much larger library of bings, pings, and whistles. Read More >>

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This is How the Jurassic Park Animatronic Triceratops Was Built

As a young pup watching Jurassic Park, I was in terrified of the T-Rex, fearful of the Raptors, in awe of the Brachiosaurus and annoyed of that little spraying dinosaur. But probably above all, I felt for the Triceratops. It was hurt! It was dying! It was so incredibly detailed. Stan Winston School revealed how they built the Triceratops, how they painted it, how they shipped it and how the puppeteers controlled it in this video. Part two of the Triceratops video can be found here. [Stan Winston School] Read More >>

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How Engineers Built a Full-Size Animatronic T-Rex for Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park was awesome. Jurassic Park in 3D is awesome layered on awesome. And the tech behind the scenes? You can probably see where this is going. Read More >>

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The Terrifying Tech in Classic Horror Films

From evil cars with minds of their own to chainsaws used to torture and taunt -- many of our favourite horror movies would be nothing without a little technology. Here's how it played a role in some of the spookiest stories on film. (Warning: GIFs) Read More >>

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These Leaked Clips of Dredd 2012 In Post-Production Show There’s Still a Long Way to Go

Let me preface this with an admission that I’m a big fan of the original, so when I heard they were making a new Dredd film, well, I was both excited and apprehensive. Let’s face it; some of the recent reboots of classic franchises have been a bit crap of late. Unfortunately, these leaked clips don’t fill me with confidence. Read More >>