Watch: Stellar Featurette on Practical Robot Effects from 'Real Steel'
In the age of computer animation, practical special effects are hard to come by. Using computer generated imagery is just cheaper and easier to manipulate when it comes to major motion pictures. But when impressive special effects come around nowadays, that makes it all the more impressive. It's been nearly a year since Shawn Levy's gritty futuristic underdog boxing flick Real Steel hit theaters, but the film should not be forgotten. Not only did it show a new side to Levy as a filmmaker, but it delivered a kind of family film that's hard to come by nowadays, complete with a bit of Steven Spielberg's energy thrown in. Now a cool featurette has surfaced looking at the real robots used in making the film. It's definitely worth a look.
Here's the cool featurette on the practical robots for Real Steel, found via SlashFilm:
The video comes from Stan Winston School of Character Arts, an educational media company dedicated to teaching the art and science of character creation, named after the late effects wizard Stan Winston, best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, Iron Man and Avatar. It's cool to see the hard work that went into creating these practical robots that actually have moving parts and complicated mechanics to help bring them to life without animation, an element that helps make the story feel all the more realistic for the actors on set, so they don't have to act opposite empty air. Impressed?