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  1. Game of Thrones’ Dragons: My How They’ve Grown

    I will take what is mine with fire and cranes.

    Daenerys having three dragons is one of the main reasons I'm hooked on Game of Thrones so pardon me while I take a look back at their evolution while looking ahead to the BIG things to come from them in Season 5.

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  2. The Mary Sue Interview: Game of Thrones Effects Supervisor and Alien Outpost Director Jabbar Raisani

    Spoiler: We talk about dragons.

    Even if you're not familiar with Jabbar Raisani's name yet, you probably already love some of his work. In his role as on-set visual effects supervisor for Game of Thrones, Raisani has helped craft much of the show's most iconic imagery; when not in Westeros, he also found time to direct his first feature, out this Friday from IFC.

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  3. Visual Effects Breakdown For Days of Future Past Shows The Magic Behind Mystique

    TL; DR: Sorcery.

    In need of some mid-afternoon goosebumps? Academy-Award winning production studio Digital Domain has released a new video showing nine minutes of visual effects magic from Days of Future Past, and dang it's mindboggling.

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  4. Female Special Effects Pioneers Share Stories From Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Beyond

    she blinded me with science

    In 1989, I was a young feminist who wanted to be a filmmaker. While there weren’t many women in this fairly “boys club” field, Academy Award winner Ed Jones hired me in Optical because he knew I could do the job. Approximately 25 people worked in the ILM optical department. The few women in this department - Peg Hunter, Lori Nelson, Mary Walter, and me - were effects pioneers in a male world. I called up these 'pioneer women' and asked them about their experiences in the ILM Optical Department.

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  5. Special Effects Studio Mirada Shows Off Their Work on Pacific Rim

    And I'll Form the Head!

    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

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

    It's Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  7. How Orphan Black Films Seven Characters With One Actress

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    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

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

    so long and thanks for all the fish

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

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

    Things We Saw Today

    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) 

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  10. Another Effects Reel From The Avengers Shows: Nothing is Real

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    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.)

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

    Not all that glitters is gold

    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.)

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

    Not all that glitters is gold

    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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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

    This is just like magic!

    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.)

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  14. Digital Domain, Company Behind Tupac Hologram, Files for Bankruptcy

    Remember that little stunt back at Coachella 2012 when Snoop Dogg performed with a holographic Tupac Shakur? Well, that was only made possible thanks to Digital Domain Media Group, which has also been behind a number of special effects in films. They even won an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even so, none of these ventures panned out well enough as the company has now filed for bankruptcy. Looks like the business of holograms didn't exactly bring in the big money fast enough.

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  15. Special Effects and the Art of Having Your Brain Fooled

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    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)

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  16. Stan Winston’s Dinosaurs: Classic Footage of Bringing Extinct Species to Life

    Our Adorable Past

    Jurassic Park was right on the edge between physical effects and computer animation, and you might, for example, get to a point where you'd hired a ton of talented puppeteers before your visual effects guy introduced you to this new technique where you could make a dinosaur in a computer. And then, you had to figure out what to do with your puppeteers.

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  17. This Is What the Green Goblin in 2002’s Spider-Man Almost Looked Like [Video]

    Who He Is and How He Came to Be

    Before Sam Raimi settled on a shiny protective mask for his Green Goblin (played by Willem Dafoe), he tested out what is admittedly some pretty sick makeup that would have rendered Gobbie as more of a creature than a superhuman madman nemesis for his first Spider-Man movie. And for the first time, we are finally seeing what could have been. This video was released by the effects shop behind the creation, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (who also recently released a video showing their creature work on The Thing). You can hear Raimi directing the test subject (who does not seem to be Dafoe) in the latter half of the video, trying to see the range of expressions allowed by the prosthetics. (via Superhero Hype)

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  18. This Might Very Well Be is the First 3D Rendered Film Ever

    Our Adorable Past

    40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo. This short film demonstrating the cababilities of 3D rendering was made by Edwin Catmull, the current president of both Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation, in 1972. That's almost forty years ago, and yet it is still an incredibly impressive feat. (via The Next Web.)

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  19. Toy War with Awesome Special Effects [Video]

    In case you missed it, YouTuber Shay Carl and his son made what is very likely the most epic toy-soldier-based war flick ever. The sound and visual effects are just awesome, more than anything I've seen before, and give you the feeling of watching imagination manifested through technology. And also lots of stuff exploding, which is a huge plus. Check it out and then spend five minutes wishing that was possible when you were a kid. (via Obvious Winner)

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  20. The Best Special Effects Demo Reel of All Time [Video]

    Before you laugh at Martin Gamal's special effects demo reel, keep in mind that even though it looks ridiculous, you probably don't even know how to make special effects. Then you may freely resume laughing about the demo reel, because look at that thing.

    (via The Daily What)

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