We've shown off plenty of visual effects breakdowns for big blockbuster films like Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and The Great Gatsby. But some films have visual effects that you aren't even remotely aware of, because they are seamless and don't feature any full compter generated creatures or anything like that. One such case is The Wolf of Wall Street. With the exception of one crazy encounter Jordan Belfort's yacht has with a huge storm at sea, you would think few visual effects were needed in Martin Scorsese's film. But you'd be wrong. Watch the cool VFX breakdown below!
Last night at the 71st Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored Spike Jonze by giving him the award for Best Screenplay for his work on the magnificent love story Her. That ended up being the only award for the film starring Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical) and the voice of Scarlett Johansson (a performance ineligible for the Golden Globes). Sadly, the film isn't doing well at the box office. After a limited release in December, the film arrived in theaters everywhere this past weekend, but it didn't even break the Top 10 at the box office. This film should be seen immediately and deserves your money. Check out a gorgeous new featurette and a few photos below!
Following a clever newsreel trailer towards the end of last year, the February release of The Monuments Men gets some more hype in the form of a new featurette with director George Clooney and his cast talking about the mission of the real-life, aged military task force. Matt Damon and Jean Dujardin (with his debonair French accent) are among the cast members talking about the film. There's some new footage within the featurette as well, and while the film's Oscar chances are less likely with this early of a release in the year, it's still one of my 14 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. Hopefully the wait will be worth it. Watch!
While the reboot sequel Star Trek Into Darkness has come and gone (and didn't live up to my excitement from last year), some fans are still enjoying the film since it was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Though some didn't like the use of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan (despite a great performance) and found plenty to nitpick about the story, you can't deny that the action and visual effects made the J.J. Abrams film enjoyable on a surface level. Hell, the film just got nominated for Best Visual Effects at the BAFTAs this morning. Now Industrial Light & Magic has released two featurettes looking at how those VFX came together for the film, with some pretty cool animatic breakdowns with tons of layers. Watch now!
Even though the most recent trailer for Need for Speed makes it look like a hokey, racing, action thriller, we're still pretty intrigued to see what director Scott Waugh does with all the practical stunt driving and crashes. Now with a small taste of what Aaron Paul did to prepare for his role behind the wheel of some super fast vehicles, we have a short featurette looking at stunt driving school. Paul doesn't do anything too crazy, but it's cool to see that he learned how to drift at higher speeds and actually took the time to do some of his own stunt work in the car. We'll have to see how the rest of the stunts play out in theaters in March.
This week we'll see the first film focusing on the mythological Greek hero Hercules with Kellan Lutz taking the lead in The Legend of Hercules (formerly known as Hercules: The Legend Begins). With a January release date and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin, there isn't much hope for this film that feels like a cheap 300 knock-off, but maybe the Summit Entertainment film has some surprises in store. For anyone who might not be convinced, one final trailer has popped up as a last ditch effort to get audiences into theaters Friday, and if you're interested enough to look behind the scenes, there's a featurette too. Watch!
Right now you can catch the outlandish and wild fifth collaboration of director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Previously, the two filmmaking giants worked on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. This time, it was DiCaprio that brought The Wolf of Wall Street to Scorsese, and in a couple new featurettes, the director explains that if DiCaprio usually likes something, so does he. In addition, other cast members like Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau and more talk about how the two collaborate on set, along with DiCaprio's take on the crazy but real character who is Jordan Belfort. Watch!
Now is the perfect time to catch some great flicks on the big screen. Awards contenders like The Wolf of Wall Street just hit theaters, and Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music sensation Inside Llewyn Davis is hitting more theaters as well. And while the film is chock full of great acting and the quality of cinema we've come to expect from the Coen Brothers, the biggest triumph is the music, which is a star of the film by itself. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack is a glorious dive into folk music, and now we have a SoundWorks Collection featurette diving into the sound and music in the film, and how it came to life.
If you haven't seen Alfonso Cuarón's magnificent sci-fi achievement that is Gravity, find out where it's playing in theater near you, drop everything, and see it immediately. The film is a gorgeous piece of cinema, and the real marvel besides the spectacular imagery on screen is how it was made. Cuarón is very secretive about how much of the wizardry behind the scenes was pulled off, but this new featurette pulls back the curtain a bit, and shows how the film was so meticulously put together. We get a glimpse at the shooting rig created that put George Clooney and Sandra Bullock inside a pull-away cube of video screens while the camera zooms around them. It's just a mind-blowing glimpse at the making of this great film. Watch below!
The blockbuster sequel Thor: The Dark World has already been in theaters for over a month, and now fans are looking forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier arriving next April. But in the meantime, why not take a look at how the visual effects came together? This little sizzle reel from Blur Studio shows how various pieces of filmmaking came together from computer generated visual effects to blue screen set shooting and even the use of a camera rig that shoots on an empty special effects stage within a virtual environment for big action scenes. It's an eye-opening and impressive look at how these VFX work.
In addition to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug everywhere this Friday, the charming Walt Disney based film Saving Mr. Banks gets a limited release before expanding to theaters everywhere next Friday. Tom Hanks plays the creator of the legendary theme park, film studio and empire of magical characters and worlds as he tries to secure the rights to turn P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins for a feature film adaptation. Now we have two new featurettes for the film focusing on the music and also the iconic, Oscar-nominated actor who is Tom Hanks and how he became Walt Disney. Watch now!
Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch !
We got a glimpse of some of the explosive mayhem (or Bayhem) on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in a first look photo from earlier this year, but now an even better look behind the scenes has popped up. The airheads over at Entertainment Tonight were given access to the set in "Hong Kong" where they filmed some segments during production of a scene with plenty of action. Of course, since the Autobots and Decepticons will be added in post-production, we don't know what's going on besides explosions, vehicle destruction and chaos. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor were there too. Watch!
After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-D. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see.