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Special Effects Studio Mirada Shows Off Their Work on Pacific Rim

The majority of Pacific Rim‘s illusions were created by Industrial Light & Magic, but not, notably the pre-credits portion of the film. The prologue, in which Raleigh narrates the first decade or two of the human/kaiju conflict, features lots and lots of kaiju, jaegers, and related destruction, no two of which could be the same, and all of which had to fit a standard of realism to be taken as news footage. Pretty impressive stuff.

Previously in Pacific Rim


It's Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

What If The Terminator Films Are Actually What Causes Skynet To Become Self-Aware? [VIDEO]

That was the thought I had after watching this featurette from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts concerning Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines special effects. Granted, it may not be anyones’ favorite Terminator film but it was the one where they showed everything going down for the first time. And now I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the Terminators kept being created for the films using practical effects rather than CGI. And then I wonder if the CGI technology is getting too advanced. And now I’m gonna go live in a Hobbit hole. Feel free to join me.

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How Orphan Black Films Seven Characters With One Actress

Turns out, they use two. Well, as well as a suite of digital trickery and the considerable talents and focus of Tatiana Maslany, and yeah, it’s getting harder and harder to fathom why she wasn’t nominated for an Emmy.

Previously in Orphan Black


so long and thanks for all the fish

Master Of Monster Motion, Ray Harryhausen, Passes Away At 92

An inspiration to millions – creator, storyteller, pioneer, Ray Harryhausen has passed away.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones Dragons Get Revenge On The NY Times

Surfing the web today you might have noticed HBO took out huge, site-spanning advertisements for Season 3 of Game of Thrones which featured the shadow of a dragon passing over the page. Well here’s the still version of that from today’s NY Times. (I’m gonna say it’s revenge for this.)We sell ad space here on The Mary Sue but this is one I would have paid to have on the site. (via Co.Create


Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

Another Effects Reel From The Avengers Shows: Nothing is Real

How can you even be certain that you’re reading this post right now? How can I even be certain that I’m writing it?

This is all your fault, The Avengers.

(via HyperVocal.)


Not all that glitters is gold

How The Hobbit‘s Goblin King Was Made, Pustule by Glistening Pustule

Respect the work of Weta’s designer and animators, and, if you can, rest in the assurance that your job does not require seeking out and looking at pictures of horrible skin infections.

(via I Heart Chaos.)


Not all that glitters is gold

The FX Team Of The Hobbit Had To Study Herpes [VIDEO]

Bet that’s something you weren’t expecting to hear today. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the FX that went into creating the Goblin King for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Turns out, that involved the team researching things like herpes (don’t worry, they don’t show any of the research in the video). The LA Times has two more, one for Gollum, and one for Azog, plus an interview with Weta visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. He said, “It was all about making him as disgusting as possible.”

(LA Times via io9)

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This is just like magic!

Check Out Industrial Light and Magic’s Oscar Effects Reel for The Avengers

It should come as no surprise that when ILM submitted a sample of their work on The Avengers to be considered for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, it would be focused on the Hulk more than any other element of the film. What you might not expect would be that they’d bookend the reel with some adorable old-timey stop motion recreations of scenes from the movie by their “stop motion guru.”

Yes, I said bookend. Hmm… what was the last scene of The Avengers, again?

(via SuperheroHype.)

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Special Effects and the Art of Having Your Brain Fooled

For those of us who love the fantastical in our movies, special effects are of crucial importance. Even if a movie’s genre doesn’t fall within the sci-fi or fantasy arena, there’s always room for a little trickery of the senses. Special effects mastro Rob Legato does this for a living, and he recently gave a TED Talk about the ways in which he manipulates what people notice versus what they see when creating the visual effects in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic, and Hugo.

(via Mental Floss)