Archive for the ‘Special Effects’ Category

‘Old’ Movies Whose Special Effects Still Hold up Today

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Some of the movies we grew up on are great for so many reasons; and a big part of that was the special effects that went into them. Remember how real the dinosaurs in ‘Jurassic Park’ looked? Or how jaw dropping it was when the White House was obliterated in ‘Independence Day’? While we may laugh at some of the effects in past movies compared to the insanely real visuals in today’s movies; some can still be classified as ‘Awesome’! Visit this article for a list of 8 ‘Old’ Movies Whose Special Effects Still Hold up Today, as well as the most notable parts in the movie (complete with video)!

Which major flicks did they leave off the list?

Behind the Scenes of the Lego Movie

Monday, February 10th, 2014

If you played with Lego blocks as a child – or even as an adult – they don’t miss “The Lego Movie.”  Filled with beautiful animation and great voice actors, according to review, this film is sure to grab your heart.

This short video takes you behind the scenes and let’s actors, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell, talk about the experience of seeing their ‘Lego’ alter-egos come to life. The clip is a fascinating look at how the animators took the actors’ expressions and superimposed them on our little plastic friends.

If you’ve seen the movie, let us know what you thought.

10 Impressive VFX Breakdowns

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ever wonder what decisions go into putting together a VFX shot in a movie? How it is visualized and then made real by a team of artists? It’s Art Magazine put together an impressive collection of behind-the-scene clips from 10 films including: “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim,” “Thor: the Dark World” and “Gravity.”

Cogswell grads were part of the VFX teams on  “Oz the Great and Powerful” (Evan Clover as an animator), “Pacific Rim” (Gregory Smith as pilot suit and pod arm artist and Carl Frytz as an uncredited visual effects artist) and “Thor: the Dark World” (Evan Clover as an animator and Carl Frytz as previsualization artist).

Here are 10 VFX breakdowns to inspire you to challenge yourself.

Sony Kicks Off New Visionaries Campaign with “Just Imagine”

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

In a campaign is designed to drive consumers to see and experience the Sony 4K TVs, the company brings creative innovators together, pairs them with new Sony technology and encourages them to unleash their imaginations.

According to the report in CG World, “the spot sets several important milestones, as it is among first commercials to embrace true 4K both in production and delivery (with a companion piece being shown in 4K at retail locations), utilizing the technology that raises definition by four times that of your standard HD television. Additionally, the spaceship created by VFX company MPC is the largest asset ever created for TV.”

This first production was directed by Garth Davis (co-director of Top of the Lake) and shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ( Life of Pi), and imagines the limitless potential of Davis’ vision, as realized through the new 4K Ultra High Definition TV.

Check out the video of the commercial.

What do you think about the commercial and the potential for the 4K technology?

From Star Wars To Gravity: The Special Effects Milestones That Shaped Cinema

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The title of this intriguing slide show in Empire Online basically says it all – the milestones that shaped the use of special effects in film. This presentation of 19 moments from ground-breaking films includes a description of the early special effects and the techniques that they made possible in later films.

Starting with Bound for Glory in 1976 the piece progresses through more than 30 years of films highlighting the works the authors thought had a significant impact on the industry.

Did they leave out any films you think made a big difference in the types of special effects available?

Special Effects Are More Then Blowing Things Up

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Much of the time special effects teams spend working on a film is on the task of creating the environment the viewer expects to see – but that environment either wasn’t available where the filming took place or for some other reason was just not practical to capture with a camera. Enter the deft hand of the special effects artists.

This fascinating article by Ian Failes in fxguide.com offers a tantalizing peek behind the scenes of several films from 2011. The first behind the scenes look is from the film, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Fredrik Nord, Visual Effects Supervisor at The Chimney Pot in Stockholm, and his team created the MI:6 ‘Circus’ archive set in Softimage, complete with textured bookshelves, stairs, beams and pipes. Check out the videos and before and after photos of some of the scenes the artists created.

The article also covers the work of special effects in: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” “Machine Gun Preacher,” “Jack and Jill,” “Young Adult,” and “Dolphin Tale.”