Posts Tagged ‘specialeffects’

Special Effects Artist Uses VFX to Turn His 3-Year-Old Into ‘Action Movie Kid’

What happens when you combine the imagination of a three-year-old with the talents of a father who is a special effects artist? You get “Action Movie Kid”, a great example of when a talented visual artist uses his skills to make his kid feel awesome. Read more…

Some Intriguing Trivia Tidbits on Shooting ‘The Shining’

Danny Steadicam Low Shot

There is little doubt that auteur Stanley Kubrick looms large as a director able to distinctively bring his films to life through his vision. He has left his mark across the motion picture landscape.

He also happens to be responsible for some very interesting technical results in the realm of photography as well (including owning 3 of the 10 Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 ever made).

Any words I write here about him will pale in comparison to the reams of scholarly works already published. And so, instead, I give you a couple of fascinating pieces of Shining/Kubrick trivia that you can whip out the next time there’s a lull in conversation. Read more…

How Photography Was Used to Re-Create New York for The Avengers Movie

Here’s a short but fascinating glimpse into the world of CGI, and how photography was used to help digitally build New York from the ground up for The Avengers movie. As it turns out, creating a digital world into which you can insert these actors takes, not only an insane amount of CGI and attention to detail, but a whole lot of photos to lay the groundwork. Read more…

Awesome Special Effects Fire Tornado Created Using Box Fans and A Metal Tub

We’ll preface this by saying that this is very dangerous and if you choose to attempt it you do so at your own risk — we don’t recommend anyone try this at home. That being said, this is also one of the coolest “backyard” special effects we’ve ever seen, and one that would make for some kick-a photography backgrounds or slow-motion video. Read more…

Trippy Short Film Featuring a Reality-Freezing Canon DSLR

Video effects team Corridor Digital created this clever short film titled “Photoreal” featuring a magical Canon DSLR that creates floating planes of frozen reality.

(via Photoxels)

Photos of Terrible Explosions Frozen Serenely in Mid-Air

New Zealand-based photographer Geoffrey H. Short has an ongoing series titled Towards Another (Big Bang) Theory that explores “the relationship between terror and the sublime” with images of large explosions frozen in midair. Short hired film industry special effects technicians to create the “big bangs” using fossil fuel mixed with gunpowder.
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Amazing CGI in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

Here’s yet another example of the crazy visual effects found on today’s TV shows — this time it’s from HBO’s series “Game of Thrones“. Just making composites this realistic using still images would be difficult enough, but for video? Wow.

(via Reddit)

Line Up Some DSLRs for Matrix-style Bullet Time Video

Here’s an idea: find a bunch of photography-lovin’ friends, borrow their DSLR cameras, and shoot your own Matrix-style bullet time videos from home! The above video shows a workshop where they were able to bring together 24 cameras for this awesome purpose.

This reminds us of the video we shared a while back in which 52 Canon Rebel DSLRs were used to shoot bullet time videos of surfers.

(via f stoppers)

How to Make a DIY Rain Machine

Here’s a nifty behind-the-scenes video tutorial by photographer Jay P. Morgan that shows how to make a cheap DIY rain machine for adding rain to your photographs.

(via f stoppers)

52 Canon DSLR Cameras Used for Matrix-Style Surfing Shots

Surf wear maker Rip Curl recently teamed up with Timeslice Films for an ambitious project of shooting surfers in “bullet-time“, the effect that many people first saw in The Matrix. They used a crazy camera array of 52 Canon 5D Mark II Rebel DSLRs in order to capture the same shot from 52 different angles, stringing them together for the final footage.
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