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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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