224 posts tagged behind the scenes
“American Horror Story” needs more than your run-of-the-mill makeup job. With characters like a Minotaur, a serial killer that uses the skin of its victims for a mask, and a decapitated Kathy Bates, the FX drama needs a professional touch to bring those characters to life.
Before and After Video Effects – Movies
Let us take a moment to appreciate all the effects people who create these things and the actors who make you believe them.
HOW TO WALK LIKE AN APE
Check out this video showing motion capture actors going through training in order to properly emulate the behavior of apes in preparation for filming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is currently in theaters.
PACIFIC RIM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL SETS
In this behind the scenes featurette, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro talks about how essential real, live sets were to eliciting a particular reaction from the actors while at the same time giving the audience an idea of what it would really be like to be inside and operate a 300-foot jaeger. Del Toro says that through this process, he wanted to give both the actors and the audience a more visceral experience.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES MOTION CAPTURE VIDEO
Watch Andy Serkis and other actors on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes show how far motion capture technology has come, and how instrumental it is to the film.
Behind the scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
George Lucas' decision to accept a lower salary on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in exchange for full merchandising rights was considered a fool’s gamble on his part. Toys based on movies had never been major money-earners (though some movie-toy combinations had done moderate retail returns) because of the long gap between when a movie would go through its theatrical run and when any products based on it would be available. But Star Wars was such a phenomenon that it reached the holiday 1977 sales period in full swing, and changed the way movies were merchandised forever (x).
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, behind the scenes on the set of Star Wars
Director Alfred Hitchcock, behind the scenes on the set of The Birds
THE BIRTH OF THE LIGHT SABER
Using the force can be a strenuous activity. Why pop a blood vessel exerting yourself when you can just as easily pick up a badass weapon like the light saber? In this video featurette, George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt tell the story of how one of the most iconic movie props came to be.