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This Visual Effects Artist’s Masterful Age-Reversal Skills Are the Closest Thing We Have to Time Travel

It’s a technique that’s often used for flashback sequences in movies when an older actor plays a much younger version of himself like Kurt Russell did in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But the results are never quite perfect, or at least don’t reach the impressive level of pixel perfection that compositor Rousselos Aravantinos did with this 4K digital touch-up that made this model look 30 years younger. Read More >>

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Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Director Dissects One of the Movie’s Huge Fights

Making a fight scene for a big superhero movie is complicated. Making a fight scene where the heroes are constantly shrinking and growing is even more complicated. Read More >>

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This Pacific Rim: Uprising VFX Video Shows How Mo-Cap Performers Become 300-Foot-Tall Jaegers  

Pacific Rim Uprising may not have lived up to its predecessor, but it’s still a fun movie about giant monsters fighting giant robots that, sorry to break it to you, weren’t actually so giant before the film’s visual effects artists worked their magic. Read More >>

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This Video Breaks Down the Special Effects Witchcraft of Black Panther’s Car Chase

Black Panther’s special effects have gotten a remarkable amount of attention. More than most films, we have substantial insight into how the effects were made, and why some effects turned out better than others. It’s exciting, really. Read More >>

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A Lot of Work Went Into Digitally Recreating Chadwick Boseman’s Muscles in Black Panther

Wired sat down with Method Studios’ Visual Effects Supervisor Daryl Sawchuk to discuss the studio’s extensive post-production work on Black Panther. Included: this cool video, which includes some interesting behind-the-scenes secrets on how the artists digitally costumed actors Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. Read More >>

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Here’s a Great Look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Awesome Practical Dinosaurs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will have more dinosaurs in it than every single Jurassic movie before it combined, according to a recently posted featurette. Obviously, that means a lot of CG dinosaurs but it also means plenty of practical ones too, and both are on full display in this neat video. Read More >>

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Watch as Pickup Trucks Make The Last Jedi’s Battle of Crait Come to Life

When you think Star Wars vehicles you don’t think “wheels,” you think flying, hovering, walking, or crawling. So it’s kind of weird to see fairly normal looking pickup trucks driving through the “alien” world in this behind-the-scenes footage from The Last Jedi. Read More >>

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Making the VFX of Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner was a milestone in sci-fi cinema, production design, and visual effects. Continuing it from a story point of view was tricky – but living up to it from a visual standpoint was damn near impossible. And so everyone was delighted when Blade Runner 2049 turned out to be even more of a visual feast than the original movie. Read More >>

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The Technology Behind Valkyrie’s Flashback in Thor: Ragnarok Can Make Anything Look Epic

When Loki creates a psychic link between himself and Valkyrie during Taikia Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, he’s given the briefest glimpse into the warrior’s past. He witnesses the time when she and all of Asgard’s other Valkyries fell in battle against Hela. Though the scene was shot in live-action, it looks and feels like an epic painting in motion, and Waititi shared some behind-the-scenes visuals of it on Twitter. Read More >>

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These Real-Time Visual Effects Will Remind You Not to Believe Everything You See on TV

You’ve probably seen countless behind-the-scenes videos of visual effects wizards spending months turning boring green screen footage into amazing movie shots. But did you know that the hardware exists to fake live video in real time? Is anything real anymore? Read More >>

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Pirates of the Caribbean’s VFX Wizards Reveal How They Brought Skeleton Ghost Sharks to Life

With a team of over 700 visual effects artists and other on-set crew working in studios around the world, the Moving Picture Company produced 1,200 shots for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, including bringing to life—or afterlife—ghostly great white sharks. Read More >>

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Watch How Special Effects Made Game of Thrones’ Season Finale an Explosive Masterpiece

When I close my eyes at night, I can still hear that beautifully creepy score from Game of Thrones’ season finale, I can see the Great Sept of Baelor and the characters inside, and I can feel that chilly sense of doom. It’s funny how real those emotions are still, especially since so much of what we watched on TV was faked through expert visual effects. Read More >>

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10 Cool Special Effects Movie Scenes That Didn’t Use CGI

It’s always nice to know that not everything in movies is done with computers and CG and green screens. 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 are ten of ‘em. Read More >>

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Team Fortress 2 Recreated With Nerf Guns Looks Like Too Much Fun

“Your friends are all dead” isn’t something anyone wants to hear. Read More >>