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World of Warcraft Westfall

Gamer Daniel L. has recreated World of Warcraft's Westfall, the abandoned agricultural center and low level zone of the Alliance that borders the Elwynn Forest, with Unreal Engine 4. In the early build video, you'll enter Westfall from the Elwynn Forest. "I wonder if we'll see this zone in the upcoming movie. Based on what we've seen so far, its aesthetics would be similar to this," says Kotaku's Gergo Vos. Continue reading for the video, plus a bonus clip.

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Mario Unreal Engine

YouTube user "Aryoksini" rebuilt the Mario 64-inspired animations from scratch and purchased a few pre-built environments from the UnrealEngine 4 marketplace to make this mind-boggling mashup of Nintendo and reality. However, some say that many of these worlds are better suited for Link rather than the famous plumber. Continue reading for the video.

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Lykan HyperSport

We realize that there are some who haven't seen Fast 7 yet, so the only thing you need to know is that the $3.4-million Lykan Hypersport is used in the film for some crazy stunts. Created by Dubai-based W Motors, it sports a mid-rear engine layout powered by a 3.8L twin-turbocharged flat-6 sourced from Porsche tuner RUF, generating an impressive 770 hp and 708 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed sequential or 7-speed PDK gearbox. All buyers also get 24-hour concierge service offering on-call engineers and "flying doctors" to cater to the needs of yourself or your car, anywhere in the world. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Titanic Unreal Engine 4

Here's an incredible look at Titanic: Honor & Glory, a fan project that recreates the RMS Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage using only Unreal Engine 4. In addition to creating a walkthrough, they also give us a look at the famous grand staircase of the ship disappearing. The developers hope to include a free roam mode where we can wander around the ship with minimal crowds and no objectives and watch as everything is slowly engulfed by the icy waters in the final version. Continue reading for two videos and more information, including the Indiegogo page.

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Snickers Danny Trejo

Snickers paid tribute to The Brady Bunch with their 2015 Super Bowl commercial, and it recasts the classic television show with Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo in place of the on-screen sisters Marcia and Jan. Nearly everything you see in the scene with Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) was added digitally in post-production. Continue reading for the making of video.

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Unreal Engine 4

At first glance, this appears to be an image from an apartment listing, but it's just "Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit. While this Unreal Engine 4 tech demo doesn't use many particle effects and cityscapes, it does however manage to capture the reflection of sun off a kitchen counter as well as the shadows falling across the rough fabric of a couch. To accomplish this, Benoit sourced high-quality textures from elsewhere, and then used Unreal's manifold lighting options to create the lifelike apartment. Continue reading for the video and more information

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Kissing Real Bear

Photo credit: Darya Kondratyeva

Even trained professionals should not attempt to kiss a bear, but Russian photographer Darya Kondratyeva decided that using computer-generated graphics just wouldn't cut it. So, she creates fantastical photos that bring old fairytales or legends to life, using real animals and models. The scene above looks like it could be straight from a real-life Skyrim movie, or so we think. Continue reading for more.

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300: Rise of an Empire VFX

Visual effects are often integral to a movie's story and appeal. Although most visual effects work is completed during post-production, it usually must be carefully planned and choreographed in pre-production and production. Visual effects primarily executed in Post-Production, with the use of multiple tools and technologies such as graphic design, modeling, animation and similar software, while special effects such as explosions and car chases are made on set. A visual effects supervisor is usually involved with the production from an early stage to work closely with production and the film's director design, guide and lead the teams required to achieve the desired effects. Continue reading for more examples.

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Ever wonder what happens when you combine face tracking and projection mapping together in real time? These mind-boggling illusions. By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate kayak roller coaster.

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Although most visual effects work is completed during post-production, it usually must be carefully planned and choreographed in pre-production and production. Visual effects primarily executed in Post-Production, with the use of multiple tools and technologies such as graphic design, modeling, animation and similar software, while special effects are made on set, such as explosions, car chases and so on. Continue reading to see what some popular films and tv shows look like before and after special effects.

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