You, Too, Can Make A Car Look Like It's Going Back To The Future

Crazy computerized effects? Back in Back To The Future's day, they didn't have those. Only pluck and spirit (and time travel). That means that with a few lights and some clever camera work, you can make a toy car look like its blasting through the barriers of space-time at 88 mph. » 9/25/14 6:36pm 9/25/14 6:36pm

Conan O'Brien Slaughtered With A Fake Samurai Sword

Even though it's completely fake, this still looks painful and dangerous. Martial artist Steven Ho uses a blood tube and a retractable sword to show how those fancy sword fight scenes are made. » 5/21/14 6:30am 5/21/14 6:30am

Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's… » 9/11/13 7:04am 9/11/13 7:04am

This Amazing GIF Will Show You Why Ray Harryhausen Was So Awesome

Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday and, with him gone, we lost somebody would could bring fantastical creatures to life with his fingertips. » 5/08/13 11:30am 5/08/13 11:30am

Ray Harryhausen, the Artist Who Released the Kraken, is Dead at 92

The man responsible for the fantastical elements and chilling creatures of film classics like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans passed away today. » 5/07/13 1:30pm 5/07/13 1:30pm

In China, Faking Pregnancy Is One Way To Get a Seat on the Subway

Snagging a seat on the subway or crosstown bus ain't always easy, especially in China's crowded cities. That's why, according to The Beijing News, "pregnancy pads" are supposedly hot sellers. » 3/05/13 5:30am 3/05/13 5:30am

Chalk Warfare Will Make Your Childhood Feel Incomplete

Where the hell was this when I was a kid? Why did no one tell me about this hardcore spin-off of chalk gameplay?

Back in my day all we did was doodle and play hopscotch.

But in all seriousness, the special effects are phenomenal. The creator, whose work we've featured » 5/16/12 12:00pm 5/16/12 12:00pm before, got some great detail in there. If…

New Surgical Special Effects Are All Smoke And Bloody Mirrors

Realistic rendering of smoke and blood isn't just a game developer problem. Engineers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have come up with a novel way to give surgical students the virtual blood and gore they need. » 1/26/11 2:00pm 1/26/11 2:00pm

The Making of Tron Legacy Goes Beneath The Skin

Disney's Tron: Legacy may have been about as good as the original—which is to say that it's exceedingly average—but the 2010 follow-up to the '80s video game adventure was certainly visually dazzling. Thank Digital Domain for that. » 1/04/11 7:30pm 1/04/11 7:30pm

Ubisoft Acquires Visual Effects Studio Behind 300

The line between movies and video games blurs even further as Ubisoft announces the acquisition of Hybride Technologies, the visual effects studio behind the blockbuster films 300, Sin City, and the Spy Kids series. Ubisoft will work closely with the team at Hybride to create new technologies for video games and… » 7/08/08 12:20pm 7/08/08 12:20pm