special effects

Chronicle effects guru used 'big hamster wheel' for flying shots?
Jul 4, 2015

After generating some critical buzz, the low-to-mid budget superhero flick Chronicle lit up the box office to the tune of $22 million last weekend with its mix of found footage action and unique special effects. But how, exactly, did a movie with a $12 million budget pull off some of the coolest flying shots ever put to film? To hear the movie's visual-effects guru tell it, those awesome scenes didn't come easy.

Oscar-winning FX legend Carlo Rambaldi, creator of E.T., dies at 86
Jul 2, 2015

Carlo Rambaldi, the special effects genius who won three Oscars for his work on the 1976 version of King Kong, Ridley Scott's Alien and Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, passed away Friday at his home in Italy. He was 86.

Uncut footage, original sketches and behind-the-scenes pics from Star Wars' iconic Cantina scene
Aug 29, 2014

While we patiently wait to see what J.J. Abrams is putting together for Episode VII, how about a walk down memory lane through one of Star Wars’ most iconic scenes?

14 of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy matte paintings ever made
Dec 17, 2012

The art of matte painting is a dying one, given the prevalence of computer-graphics wizards, but for most of cinema's history, the screen's sweeping tableaus were created by master craftsmen who were rarely recognized for their skill. Here is some of their finest work.

Walking Dead FX reel reveals the secrets behind S2's zombie magic
Dec 16, 2012

For years, zombie entertainment was inexpensive to make: All you needed was some sets and some extras and some innovative makeup. But AMC's runaway hit is leaning on some advanced technology to bring us a walker-ridden world gone by.