#SpecialEffects

Entertainment | Movies & Other Stuff

See How Special Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era

A century ago, silent movies directors came up with creative ways to capture special effects on camera.

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

This fan-made, nerd-approved edit of an iconic Star Wars scene took 2.5 years to make

Fast-paced editing, visual trickery, and extra footage make the iconic battle between Obi-Wan and Vader feel brand-new. One of the creators tells us why he did it.

Science & Technology | Tech

Lights, Camera, Artificial Action: Start-Up Is Taking A.I. to the Movies

After selling their robotics company to Google, two engineers are working on technology they think can change how special effects are made.

Entertainment | Film

How 'Jurassic Park' Chose CGI Over Stop-Motion

The movie Jurassic Park premiered 21 years ago this week. But when pre-production began, the plan was to use stop-motion animation for the dinosaurs. Here's the surprising story of how a handful of maverick computer graphics pioneers at Industrial Light & Magic changed the movie's course—and ushered in a new era* of movie history.