Now that we're inching closer to season two (an official return date still unknown), the team behind the show is giving you a closer look at what it takes to bring the monster to life.Read More
After the CG-heavy prequel trilogy, the folks behind the Star Wars these days seem to want to get back to basics and get more hands-on with their sets and costumes. In The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams and his crew utilized a seamless blend of practical effects and CG effects to make the world of the film feel real. Now, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director Gareth Edwards and his team have created even more practical creatures to get to know, and they look amazing.Read More
Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Visual Effects Reel Shows Off How Often Practical Effects Got Used Instead
Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a point of using practical effects whenever possible, as this VFX reel from Industrial Light and Magic proves.Read More
The coolest part are those visual effects that combine practical effects--like lighting, talented actors and even a drone or two--with the incorporation of some computer-generated ghost imagery to complete the finished product. While the reel itself is short (sorry, no Holtzmann fight footage), it's a reminder of all the work that goes into making the final spooky result.Read More
What a lovely day!
Fury Road has won countless awards and been nominated for many more--at this year's Oscars, it'll be competing for wins in 10 categories--including Best Makeup and Hairstyling. That's where it dominated last night at the Makeup and Hairstylists Guild Awards, earning wins for best period and/or character makeup and best special makeup effects.Read More
Maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson had a point? Or maybe not. Anyway, more BB-8.
Right up front, because I know you're wondering: yes, BB-8 is featured in this reel.Read More
Shade FX also worked on Daredevil (for which they earned an Emmy nomination), and while they say that Jessica Jones relied less heavily on effects, those minor adjustments helped to make everything feel that much more grounded.Read More
Making our home videos look super boring.
VFX artist and director Kyle Roberts transforms his daughter into a superhero, cinematically shooting lazers, flying, and shooting off into space!Read More
Give it all the Oscars.
Cats fight zombies to save the survivor kitten!Read More
Happy Emmeline Pankhurst Day everyone!
In honor of Emmeline Pankhurst Day, Suffragette debuted these awesome posters of the actresses looking tough and defiant!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
she blinded me with science
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.Read More
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 +?Read More