• Big Screen Effects (63 ARTICLES)

  • Big Screen Effects: The VFX and Editing of I, Tonya

    Feb 14, 2018

    With the Winter Olympics and the Oscars are coming up in a few weeks, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about “I, Tonya”, which is disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding’s own story. I saw the film right after it came out and it’s very entertaining, and really makes you feel for Tonya Harding and how she was destroyed by the media. The most impressive visual effects in this film involved head replacement of skating doubles, using V-Ray and Maya in the pipeline. We’re also featuring the superb editing of Tatiana Riegel, ACE.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jan 31, 2018

    On my birthday the whole family went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and it was a wild ride. The effects are insane, especially the extraordinarily realistic CGI animals. Today we’re sharing a lot of great information about how the artists created the animals, plus information on other VFX and sound design.

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motivation: Mocha used in Thor: Ragnorok

    Jan 24, 2018

    Learn how Rising Sun Pictures used Mocha with both NUKE and Silhouette for the VFX shots they created for ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi + Oscars 2018 Visual Effects Nominees

    Jan 24, 2018

    We’ve featured 4 of the 5 films that are up for the Academy Awards 2018 Oscar Nominations, but haven’t covered Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet. Most of the people that I know really enjoyed the film, but there were a few who didn’t like it. I have my theories about that, but no one can deny the fantastic VFX that transport you straight to the Star Wars world. Here’s a look at the VFX and effects teams involved in creating the film.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: The Shape of Water

    Jan 17, 2018

    The Shape of Water is a gorgeous fantasy/romance from Guillermo del Toro and has 11 Oscar nominations. The film is visually stunning, the color grading is sublime,  and the soundtrack is wonderful. It takes place during the cold war and is a love story about a merman and a mute cleaning lady. Michael Shannon plays a really great villain too!

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Loving Vincent with Making Of + Behind the Scenes

    Jan 03, 2018

    Loving Vincent, written and directed by filmmakers by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is the world’s first fully painted feature film. I saw it over the weekend and it is a gorgeous film which takes place the year after Vincent Van Gogh died and explores what happened to him in his last days. Loving Vincent is up for Best Motion Picture - Animated and also a likely contender for an Oscar nomination, announced later this month.

    Read More →

  • BSFX: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    Dec 13, 2017

    Take a peak behind some of the amazing special effects created by ScanlineVFX and Rodeo FX for the film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Super Hero Edition with Thor: Ragnarok and Logan

    Dec 06, 2017

    There were several super hero films that came out in 2017 but Logan and Thor: Ragnarok were two of the best. We have some curated content about the making of these visual effects. While I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely see super hero films because I don’t care for them, the visual effects breakdowns and behind the scenes interviews are fascinating.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Blade Runner 2049

    Oct 25, 2017

    The Blade Runner sequel is loaded with spectacular visual effects and today we’re highlighting some of the effects and the visual effects teams who worked on the film. There may be some spoilers here if you haven’t seen the film, but nothing that should ruin it for you.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Oct 18, 2017

    James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.  2 was a huge hit over this past summer and was jam packed with non-stop fun and creative visuals. Learn about what went into the film with behind the scenes looks, interviews with the visual effects team, and more.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Ghostbusters: VFX Breakdowns and More

    Sep 27, 2017

    Go behind the scenes of Ghostbusters with these VFX breakdown from Sony Pictures Imageworks, MPC, and Zero FX. Plus find out how they brought Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man back to life, and more.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets

    Sep 20, 2017

    Go behind the scenes of “Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets”. This visually spectacular adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, is based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Ghost in the Shell

    Sep 06, 2017

    ‘Ghost in the Shell’ has been highly acclaimed for it’s visual effects, if not it’s adaptation of the anime original. From early design concepts to Scarlett Johansson’s computer-generated body suit and beyond, we give you an in depth look behind the scenes of this visually stunning film.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Aug 30, 2017

    In the latest installment of Pirates of the Carribean, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Javier Bardem, who plays the undead Captain Salazar, looks like he’s underwater in every shot that he is in.  Patrick Ledda, a visual effects supervisor from MPC on the film, explained to Cartoon Brew just how they did it.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Beauty & the Beast

    Jul 26, 2017

    Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was a beautiful film. We’re featuring work from Digital Domain and Framestore VFX on the Film, plus info on where you can see a presentation at SIGGRAPH on the film from Framestore and Autodesk.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: The Art of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Jul 05, 2017

    I’ve really been looking forward to this stunning VFX-fueled Luc Besson film which will be released July 21, 2017. The VFX dream team includes Industrial Light & Magic, Weta Digital, Rodeo FX, Hybride, Mikros Image, Mac Guff and Digital Factory. This post also has some behind the scenes and art from the film.

    Read More →

  • Inspirations: Big Screen Trailers

    Jun 14, 2017

    If you work in this industry, you’re probably a big fan of the cinema. Here are some films that will be out later this year with some great looking animation and/or vfx.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Character Animation in The Jungle Book

    Jun 07, 2017

    Disney’s The Jungle Book had some amazing CG characters and visual effects created by MPC and others. Here’s more than you ever wanted to know about the visual effects Disney’s The Jungle Book! It’s really cool stuff.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Sci Fi Edition - Life & Passengers

    May 24, 2017

    Both of these films are recent science fiction Hollywood films with really nice visual effects. See some visual effects breakdowns and learn more about the visual effects crew that worked on the film.

    Read More →

  • Big Screen Effects: Amazing Water and Fire Effects in Disney’s Moana

    May 03, 2017

    I finally got a chance to see Moana, and unfortunately, watching it on the back of a seat on an airplane doesn’t do this gorgeous film justice. Disney built their own fluid dynamics and simulation software called Splash, which can simulate billions of particles, to attain the phenomenal water effects. The fire effects and Te Ká, the volcano goddess, were also mind blowing. This article also gives you some fluid simulation options, for those who don’t work for Disney Animation Studios.

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motivations: How Maya and Arnold were used on Gravity

    Apr 19, 2017

    Here is an exclusive interview with Martin Preston, Head of R&D at Framestore, and he talks about how Arnold renderer with Maya were used on the film Gravity. The film is a few years old now, but the VFX are stellar.

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motivations: The Space Between Us VFX Breakdown by Rodeo FX

    Apr 12, 2017

    International Space Day and Midweek Motivations bring us a VFX breakdown of The Space Between Us, an interstellar teen romance. I took my daughter to see the film a couple of weeks ago and while some of the science in the film was questionable, but the visual effects were great!

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motivations: Geostorm - Official Trailer

    Apr 12, 2017

    It’s international Space Day, so here’s another inspirational piece about space for the upcoming Warner Bros film Geostorm, directed by Dean Delvin. It’s a disaster film about that control the weather and have a mishap. There are lots of weather related VFX and nice satellite CG.

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motivations: T2 Trainspotting

    Mar 29, 2017

    T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle’s sequel about heroin addicts in Scotland, is one of my most anticipated films of 2017. After 20 years, the soundtrack on the original is still one of my favorites. Here is the trailer and some of the visual effects from the film, which is released this Friday in the U.S.

    Read More →

  • Midweek Motiviations: Small Screen Effects with Photorealistic CGI

    Mar 29, 2017

    We’ve been doing a Big Screen Effects feature for a while but we think it’s time to focus on some of the amazing photorealistic visual effects on television and streaming services. Today, we’re featuring effects from The OA, Taboo, and When We Rise. All of these show composites that are so good, you don’t even realize that it’s not true to life, but constructed by a VFX team!

    Read More →