Youtube Saturday 2: Even more tubular!

Yep, it's THAT time of the week again!

It’s Saturday again, which means it’s time for another round of Youtube! This week the five videos are focused on special effects.

The transformation scene in An American Werewolf in London has been hailed as a heavyweight in the special effects department, even inspiring Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Cutting and a variety of special effects help pull off this transformation sequence, including stop motion and animatronics. Due to this, you get to see just how painful the transformation will be.

This is the first of a three part documentary on Terminator 2. The other two parts can be found in the play-list to the right. Here, they discuss how Cameron drives the team to new standards, incorporating digital effects when no other form of special effect would do the job. It’s not done over the top, which is why it works so well, there’s still a lot of animatronics involved. In the later parts they also discuss how certain people scoffed at the use of CG, whereas others embraced it as a new technology, a new kind of paintbrush in which the artist can use.

This next one is the show-reel of Digital Domain’s work. They specialise in computer graphics for film. Computer graphics aren’t just useful for effects that cannot be done in reality, but also for use when it’s too dangerous to do special effects.They show the layers and depth that goes into even a single scene.

Industrial Light and Magic – George Lucas’s own special effects department talks about the challenges Lucas gave them when it comes to Star Wars Episode 1. Unfortunately there’s stuff with Jar Jar in, but I’m looking specifically at special effects. Once again, the team didn’t solely use CG to do all of their stuff, but a mixture of models, as well as the difficulties of having live actors talking to non-existent creatures.

This last video is talking about a specific scene in The Matrix Revolutions. It’s bullet time, but in a completely CG environment. Here they go into detail – a lot of detail about getting things just right.

All this makes me want to add 3ds Max to my Christmas list. Just make sure it’s the 3ds Max Creation Suite… Ta!

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