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How old-age makeup is designed for movies and TV

Special makeup effects artist Kevin Yagher made Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter look like they were 95-years-old for “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” Yagher created elaborate prosthetic pieces in which he sculpted deep wrinkles and arthritic fingers. While he can usually airbrush on small veins and pores, old skin […]
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How Marvel movies are actually created years before production begins

We talked to Hollywood’s busiest visualisation studio, The Third Floor, to find out why visualisation is the secret MVP of Marvel movies. The Third Floor is one of the world’s top visualisation studios and has worked on 19 of the 23 installments in Marvel’s “Infinity Saga,” from 2010’s “Iron Man […]
How Marvel movies are actually created years before production begins
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What it takes to be a reference actor for animation

Reference footage of stunt performers helped to create realistic animated fight scenes in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra.” The primary martial arts consultant for these shows was Sifu Kisu, a martial arts master who served as both a fight choreographer and stunt performer. The martial artists […]
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A behind-the-scenes look at 2020’s biggest movies

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down production, Hollywood managed to put out a slew of exciting new projects full of ambitious stunts and special effects. From the massive battle scenes in “Mulan” to the gripping fight sequences in “Birds of Prey,”“Extraction,” and “The Old Guard,” this year’s action films […]
A behind-the-scenes look at 2020’s biggest movies
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How ‘Lovecraft Country’ created its terrifying monsters

HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” debuted the terrifying shoggoth monsters. VFX company Framestore gave the monster thousands of teeth and bladelike arms, in order to ensure that every part of its body functioned as a weapon. Stand-ins on set acted like the monsters before they were eventually replaced with CGI. Visit Insider’s […]
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How Scarlett Johansson gets in shape for Marvel movies

Scarlett Johansson’s personal trainer, Eric Johnson, shares how he helped Johansson get in shape to play Black Widow for Marvel’s Avenger films. To prepare for the role, Johnson focused on building strength and functional movement. They treated it like an athlete preparing for competition. There are three phases in her […]
How Scarlett Johansson gets in shape for Marvel movies
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How rats are trained for TV & Movies

Rats can be trained to act in movies just like cats and dogs, but working with a pack of rodents on a film set requires someone with a lot of organizational skills and a close attention to detail. More specifically, a rat trainer needs to be able to identify a […]
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How sounds are made for reality game shows

Monique Reymond is an Emmy-winning Foley artist who has worked on numerous reality game shows. For “Fear Factor,” Monique had to create the sounds of bugs being eaten, which she created by chomping on M&M’s and rice crackers. To create an extra level of smack for impacts on “Wipeout,” Monique […]
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How animators light scenes in 3D-animated movies

Lighting in 3D-animated films brings out the physical and emotional aspects of scenes and shots. Lighting artists have great control over the intensity and placement of lights while their computers help create subtle details like shadows and reflections. In Netflix’s “Over the Moon,” lighting helped make Fei Fei’s jacket look […]
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How fake facial hair is made for movies & TV

Fake facial hair can be made several different ways: the hairs can be tied together onto a lace piece, laid directly onto a performer’s face, punched into a prosthetic piece, or glued onto a fake head and then floated off as one piece. Makeup artists have to make sure they […]
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How Fake Money is Made for Movies and TV

There are three types of prop money that are typically used by movies and television shows: “standard,” “high quality,” and real money. Standard bills are printed on both sides and look great from a distance, but they are noticeably different when viewed up close. High-quality bills are identical to real […]
How Fake Money is Made for Movies and TV
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How ‘The Mandalorian’ uses virtual sets over green screens

Virtual sets provide certain functions that green and blue screens may lack, such as providing realistic colours and reflections on metallic surfaces. A recent development to this technology applies Unreal Engine, a powerful video-game-creation tool that allows filmmakers complete control over the set and surrounding environment at a moment’s notice. […]
How ‘The Mandalorian’ uses virtual sets over green screens
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How Pixar animates human characters

Pixar broke new ground when it created “Toy Story” in 1995, but from there it still had a long way to go to perfect 3D animated characters. New simulations for muscle movements and skin allowed for Pixar to create a fully animated human cast in “The Incredibles.” Animating long human […]
How Pixar animates human characters
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How Hollywood makes characters walk on walls

Many movies, TV shows, and music videos have called for surreal sequences where the characters are able to walk on walls and ceilings. Movies like “Royal Wedding” and “Inception” pulled this off by building a motorised rotating set and capturing all the action with a fixed camera. HBO’s “Euphoria” employed […]
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8 surprising jobs that keep film sets running

A lot of unseen work happens to make every movie come to life. Tailoring and simulation artists at Pixar animate clothing, which is key to making characters in movies like “Coco” and “Onward” feel real. Tailoring and simulation artists at Pixar animate clothing, which is key to making characters in […]
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The evolution of how Marvel animated Iron Man

If you look at Iron Man’s first suit, the Mark 1, and compare it to the hero’s nanotech suit from “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” a lot has changed. It’s not just the technology in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Animation tech has also evolved in the […]
The evolution of how Marvel animated Iron Man
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10 surprising ways sounds are made for movies

Foley artists create the sounds of a character’s movements and interactions with the world that you hear in movies. Sometimes they need to experiment and get extra creative to find an object that creates a completely unexpected sound. Pieces of fruit and raw meat can be perfect for gore, swords […]
10 surprising ways sounds are made for movies
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How fake burn wounds are made for movies & TV

Ben Bornstein is a special makeup effects artist known for, among other things, creating convincing fake burn wounds on TV shows like “Gotham” and “Blindspot.” Methods for creating fake burn wounds include tattoos, lining someone’s arms and legs with burnt plastic sheets, and handcrafted prosthetic pieces. Covering an actor with […]
How fake burn wounds are made for movies & TV