Watch: Stellar Featurette on Practical Robot Effects from 'Real Steel'

September 6, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

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?

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The watermark is really fucking annoying.

Derek on Sep 6, 2012


I agree with the watermark. Why couldn't they have put it on the lower right-hand corner? Other than that, it's an interesting clip. Nice to see real models and practical effects still being used in Hollywood.

Big Boss on Sep 6, 2012


I was really hoping they'd make a sequel to this film. The first was surprisingly very entertaining and a hell of a good time to watch!

JBrotsis on Sep 6, 2012


I thought you guys might be exaggerating about the watermark, but you sure weren't. That's ridiculous.

max on Sep 6, 2012


One usually places a watermark over a picture that one wishes to sell/if you want to use the picture without the watermark, you have to pay; ect, but I can't see a reason for it here?? I'm thinking it's an error, and not douchery. Cuz if the makers of this video bother to take notice, it seems we all here are talking more about how annoying that HUGE watermark is, rather then the nice peek into some of the effects of this movie.

David Banner on Sep 7, 2012

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