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Gods of Egypt VFX

The "Gods of Egypt" film may not have broken any box office records, with filming took place in Australia under the American studio Summit Entertainment, but it did feature stunning visual effects. For those who haven't seen the movie, it basically portrays a mortal Egyptian hero who partners with the Egyptian god Horus to save the world from Set and rescue his love. The gods in humanoid form are 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and in "battle beast" form are over 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, so you can imagine the digital wizardry that went into the scenes. Continue reading for another video and more before / after pictures.

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Mach 5 Replica

Auto enthusiast Jerry Patrick, who owns a tuning shop, has been transforming cars into classic cartoon and movie vehicles for over a decade. He's been obsessed with the Mach 5 since the 60s, and decided to do something about it. "Back in 1967-ish when the cartoon came out, I was really enthralled as kid to watch it. And I thought, 'One day I'm going to be driving a Mach 5'. For the Mach 5 logo we had to take a few creative liberties with it, obviously you're going from a cartoon to a real car, so we made it pop as good as we could. It's still as cartoon accurate as it can be, so at the end of the day we got it as close as we could and I think it turned out awesome," said Patrick. To build his own replica, a pristine 94 Chevrolet Corvette was torn apart, before a new fiber glass body was placed over it. Continue reading to see a video of the real deal. Click here for a few bonus images of a Pontiac Fiero turned Lamborghini Reventon replica of sorts.

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The Old New World

Moscow-based photographer / animator Alexey Zakharov discovered a batch of early 1900s photos and what happened next, is this amazing animation. The short includes scenes shot between 1900-1940 of New York, Detroit, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. "[The] photo-based animation project [lets you] travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine. The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos," said Zakharov. Unfortunately, he has yet to release a making of video showing just how each scene was animated. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of SpaceX making history yesterday.

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Boeing 777 Transformer

Animator Michael Schmidt wanted to show the world that even robots have to unload once in a while, and this one just so happened to be of a Boeing 777 jumbo jet landing at Frankfurt Airport to take care of things. Sure, the scene may be computer-generated, but it's not too far-fetched to picture giant transforming robots running around in the near future. Continue reading for an awesome stop-motion Optimus Prime Transformers showdown video.

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1900s Photos Video

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Alexey Zakharov, an artist from Moscow, specializes in creating animations using real historic photos. He describes this technique as traveling "back in time with a little steampunk time machine." You'll see famous sights such as Central Park, Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, and more. "I came up with the idea for a full retro-photoanimation project after visiting the Shorpy site. This is astonishing place with tons of reconstructed hi-resolution photos. I spent many hours there. First I made only one animation shot used a single photo. Then, a year later, I decided to make something more complete. A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software. I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements. The second stage is creating full computer graphics of characters people, animals, vehicles etc.," he told TheDailyMail.com. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two daredevils climbing Lotte World Tower, the tallest structure in South Korea.

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Photo-Realistic Unreal Engine

Swedish digital artist Rense de Boer used photogrammetry to create a photo-realistic 4K virtual world using Unreal Engine 4, the same one Capcom built Street Fighter V with. The photogrammetry technique involves taking a a multitude of real things / places, scanning the photos, combining them and then turning it all into a 3D landscape. The final touches, smoothing, weather effects, etc., are completed in post production by artists. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn an iPhone into a functional microscope.

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Tim Burton Disney

Photo credit: Andrew Tarusov via Bored Panda

Tim Burton, known his dark, gothic and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), would be a perfect fit for any Disney Animation Studio reboots. Andrew Tarusov, an artist originally born in Ribinsk, Russia, and now living in Los Angeles, California, gives us a sneak peak at what some of the classics would look like. "My general occupation after 10 years of studying is art and animation. Being a huge fan of Disney classics, I imagined how our favorite childhood movies could look if they were directed by the great Tim Burton," said Tarusov. Continue reading to see the movie posters.

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Rey on Jakku

Photo credit: Euclase

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken many box office records, including the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time and the fastest film to reach $1 billion. As of January 1, 2016, it has generated a global box office gross of over $1.3 billion, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2015, the seventh highest of all time and the highest in the franchise without inflation adjustment. Continue reading for more incredible fan art.

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Pixar Theory

Photo credit: Jon Negroni

With all the hype about Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Force Awakens, some may have forgotten that Disney also owns Pixar. Here's another interesting look at a fascinating theory by Jon Negroni that shows how fourteen of the studio's films all exist in the same universe. "In fact, Inside Out helps to explain the role of monsters post-Monsters Inc. Bing Bong is clearly an imaginary friend that Riley dreamed up after being visited by a monster, but she eventually forgot about him. In the same way, Sulley would stop visiting her and she'd just have those memories. Only Boo actually went to the monster world, and yes, Sulley came back at least one extra time," said Negroni in a recent blog post. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a DIY touchscreen gloves tutorial.

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Unreal Paris Tour

The Unreal Engine is essentially a game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal. Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres, including stealth, MMORPGs, and other RPGs. With its code written in C++, the Unreal Engine features a high degree of portability and is a tool used by many game developers today. Continue reading for more impressive tech demos and scenes.

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