Watch: Vintage 1984 NOVA Episode on 'The Magic of Special Effects'
"These are the modern masters of the art and science of special effects." Now this is good. Earlier in the week we featured the image from Wired's story about the "Magic" of ILM, or Industrial Light & Magic, and their extensive history as a special effects/visual effects house. Well, to follow up that fantastic look back, our friends at SlashFilm have found a vintage video from 1984 looking inside ILM and it's a must watch. It's an episode of NOVA, that long-running documentary television show, and it's all about "The Magic of Special Effects". Up to this point, it really was all about practical special effects and it's kind of amazing and inspiring to look back at how they pulled off this cinema magic back then. They profile films like Explorers, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. You just need to watch this!
Thanks again to SlashFilm for the tip on this fantastic video. "The Magic of Special Effects" description from YouTube: "A 1984 documentary on special effects for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Explorers, Return of the Jedi, and 2010. The section in particular on how they did the 150 ships battle scene in Jedi shows just how much manual work went into the shot (it took months)." It's cool to see Dennis Muren and Joe Johnston featured in here as well. These older behind-the-scenes videos are so good because they had unrestricted access back then to get all kinds of behind-the-scenes footage, and it's crazy what they capture and show in this. I mean, they're literally in the editing room watching him work the editing machine! We definitely don't see that in any featurettes anymore. Glad someone put this online. What do you make of it?