Game of Thrones VFX Dragons
HBO’s Game of Thrones will return for its final season on Sunday, April 14th (tonight) in the US, and what better way to get hyped than with a visual effects breakdown video from an expert at Pixomondo. Yes, Dany and Tyrion’s boat, which is surrounded by ships, waves, and dragons in one episode, was all shot in front of a green-screen. You can’t that Kit Harington was actually petting a blue rock rather than an actual breathing dragon. Read more for the video and a few bonuses.

Rebirth Unreal Engine
This is not a live-action movie, just “Rebirth,” which is Quixel’s stunning cinematic short made in Unreal Engine 4.21. It was created by three artists at the company known for its photogrammetry expertise using its Megascans 2D and 3D physically-based asset library. The team spent onbe month in icy rain and thunderstorms scanning locales in Iceland, returning with over 1,000 scans, capturing a wide range of eco-regions and natural environments to feature in the short. Read more to watch and for additional information.

Live-Action Lion King Movie

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It’s true, The Lion King is getting a live-action reboot, and it’s directed by Jon Favreau. Thisphotorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones. Principal photography began the summer of 2017 on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles, and the film is scheduled for an official release on July 19, 2019. Read more to see how this modern remake compares to the 1994 animated version.

Ant-Man Wasp VFX

It’s always fun to see just what went into the making of your favorite movies, especially ones that rely heavily on special effects, like Ant-Man and The Wasp. These videos showcase how the filmmakers used CGI to turn that towering building into a rolling suitcase as well as super sizing the Helly Kitty PEZ candy dispenser. Many studios were used, including Rodeo and DNEG. Continue reading to see the DNEG VFX breakdown video.

Early Neolithic Stonehenge Man

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The face you see above is a reconstructed “Stonehenge Man” who once lived 5500-years ago. Forensic analysis enabled scientists to create the most lifelike model yet of an individual from British prehistory, and their work also reveals how he lived, ate, along with possibly shedding some light on the origins of Stonehenge itself. This well-preserved skeleton was first discovered in an elaborate tomb in the 1860s, the face was been brought to life by Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson, using information from bone and tooth analysis. After measuring the length of the man’s bones, the skeleton’s weight, and his age, it’s estimated that he died between 25 and 40 years old. Continue reading to see more historical faces reconstructed. Click here for a few bonus images.

Digital Artist Photo Manipulation

Photo credit: Mike Winkelmann via Bored Panda

Digital artist Mike Winkelmann has created one surreal image each day for the past 10+ years to help improve his skills, and the ensuing images are amazing to say the least. “I am currently on my 11th round of everydays…This year I’ll be doing a render everyday using Cinema 4D and mostly Octane, instead of trying to learn new software, will be focusing on some of the fundamentals like color, composition, value, etc.,” said Winkelmann. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.

ILM Bombing Run Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not have pleased the series’ entire fanbase, but one thing can’t be denied, the amazing visual effects by Industrial Light and Magic. The team has released two new behind the scenes videos documenting what went into creating the scenes, like the opening bombing run. The opening battle shows Resistance starfighters battling a First Order fleet, and director Rian Johnson combined practical hanger sets as well as an A-Wing fighter with larger digital sets and spaceships in the scene, and then layered in explosions effects. Continue reading for the second video and more information.

Bladerunner 2049 Miniatures

Many have seen the original 1982 Bladerunner film, and more recently, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel. Similar to the original release, the director went with miniatures rather than rely solely on CGI for all the special effects. “They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings. They’re just stellar pieces of art,” said Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

AI Celebrity Faces

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In the near future, advertising agencies may be able to generate the perfect model for whatever they’re marketing, thanks to artificial intelligence. NVIDIA’s latest research project, titled “Progressive Growing of GANs for Improved Quality, Stability, and Variation,” shows why. This system utilizes two neural networks to generate artificial portraits of people who don’t exist, based on real celebrities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Deadpool Without CG

Marvel’s Deadpool is basically the eighth installment in the X-Men film series – starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapicic – where antihero Wade Wilson (Deadpool) hunts the man who nearly destroyed his life while also trying to reunite with his lost love. For those who don’t already know, this film made extensive use of computer-generated imagery, especially in the freeway traffic scene where Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead show up. Continue reading for more cool behind-the-scenes images from famous films. Click here for a few bonus images.