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Watch This Sculptor Recreate Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Creepiest Scene Using Crayons and a Hair Dryer

If made today, the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene with Major Toht’s grisly demise would undoubtedly be created using a digital stunt double and complex CG fluid simulations. But in the early ‘80s, old-school practical effects were still a Hollywood staple, and using crayons, sculptor Steven Richter demonstrates just how simple it is to make someone look like they’re melting away. Read More >>

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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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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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My Brain Refuses to Believe This Short Film Wasn’t Computer-Generated

Camille Boyer and cinematographer Nik Mirus worked with a Montreal-based agency called Caravane to create a surreal short film called Club Palace. It looks like a computer animation student’s final-year project, but in reality it was all filmed using real-life miniatures and clever practical effects. Read More >>

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Artificial Intelligence Directed a Music Video and the Results Will Melt Your Eyes

Even if you don’t care for the actual song, the music video for Hardcore Anal Hydrogen’s track Jean-Pierre is a visual feast, taking advantage of several recent breakthroughs in artificial-intelligent image processing that’s quickly gone from creating nightmares, to revolutionising how modern visual effects are created. 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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How to Fake Matrix-Style Bullet-Time Effects Without a Hollywood Budget

Five months ago, the Russian musical group 5’Nizza released a music video for their track, Samoliot, featuring a series of mishaps that were seemingly frozen in time. But while the action was paused, the artists themselves continued to sing as the camera moved around them. It was a clever take on the bullet-time effect made popular in The Matrix, and we finally know how they created it. Read More >>

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How Many Grandmas Were Needed to Make This Epic Cross-Stitched Music Video?

The music video for Ghost, the latest track from an Australian indie folk band named Husky, looks like it was brought to life by hundreds of senior citizens cross-stitching around the clock for months on end. Read More >>

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We Finally Figured Out How To Make Realistic CG Mud

Jurassic Park had just six minutes of computer-generated dinosaurs in it, compared to modern blockbusters which can have thousands of shots requiring complex visual effects. It’s no surprise that animators are eager to embrace any shortcut they can—which is why realistic-looking CG mud could be a game changer. Read More >>

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How to Perfectly Fake a Glowing Lightsaber in Photoshop

It’s time to face the facts: lightsabers aren’t real, and they’re simply not going to exist in your lifetime. The closest you can get to realising your Jedi fantasies is through this excellent tutorial by Mathieu Stern showing you how to properly fake a lightsaber using Photoshop. Read More >>

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Researchers Can Create Perfect CG Dentures Using Just a Video of Your Teeth

As we work towards crossing the uncanny valley so that computer-generated humans don’t look like horrific plastic mannequins, every last facial feature needs to be recreated perfectly. That even includes teeth, which can now be digitised using nothing but a video of someone smiling. Read More >>

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Let’s All Laugh at How Garbage CGI Was in the ’90s

Even if there is too much CGI in movies these days (and there is), let’s be thankful that the CGI we’re bombarded with looks good. Or, at least, it looks so much better than the utter crap computers spat out back in the ‘90s. God, that era of CGI was awful. Read More >>

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Why Jurassic Park’s Visual Effects Still Look Amazing Today

Jurassic Park still holds up. It’s an excellent film that’s still fun to watch, the dinosaurs are still scary as hell, and the visual effects still look spectacular. How is that possible? Even though Jurassic Park changed the way films use visual effects, the restraint it used with its own effects is what has made it stand the test of time. 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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Check Out the Spectacular Special Effects Behind Game of Thrones’ Battle of the Bastards

The Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones was one of the best battle sequences seen in TV or even film. It combines a clever set-up, brilliant characters and stunning practical effects. But the excellent special effects used are also a huge part of the equation. Read More >>