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A Conversation With Kazuhiro Tsuji

Aline Pimentel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Aline Pimentel

To satisfy my curiosity, I recently flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Kazuhiro Tsuji, who graciously agreed to sit with me. Kazuhiro told me that he moved to the US from Japan many years ago to pursue special effects but that his true passion is art.

LOOK: Artists Transform Partially Nude Bodies Into Vivid Masterpieces

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts

The World Bodypainting Festival bills itself as "most colorful event in the world." This year's event, a wild bash of eye-popping design, psychedelic...

Ray Harryhausen: An Appreciation

Lois Metzger | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Lois Metzger

Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation genius who learned his craft from Willis O'Brien, the man who invented King Kong, died a year ago, on May 7, 2013, at the age of 92.

3D Animation Project Turns A Classroom Into Pure Chaos

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts

As many teachers can attest to, classrooms can occasionally be a bit chaotic. However, it probably never reaches quite the same level as depicted in t...

All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them -- Special Effects

Anne M. Strick | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anne M. Strick

Special effects essentially recreates physical things that can't exist, or can't exist conveniently, on a sound stage. Often times crews make models and big rigs -- or more appropriately, whatever the script calls for.

You Don't Need A Huge Budget To Get 'Matrix'-Level Special Effects

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Technology

Almost everyone is familiar with the groundbreaking, "bullet time" effect made famous in "The Matrix" -- you know, the movie trick that slows time to ...

Sweded Movie Trailers 2013 Summer Compilation

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

What's better than having Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Wolverine and Stark Trek all in one video... when they are SWEDED?! Featured video...

The Visual Effects (VFX) Paradox

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
John Tarnoff

How can it be that almost every movie (and every big-grossing movie!) out there is VFX-driven, and yet one of the top companies in the industry has to file Chapter 11?

Movie Review: Mama

Kathleen Hale | Posted 03.29.2013 | Entertainment
Kathleen Hale

Perhaps my favorite aspect of Mama (aside from the fact that it made me very, very afraid) is that it paints a refreshingly complicated and ultimately poignant portrait of female relationships.

Revealing John Goodman's Fitness Routine

Chris Johnson | Posted 01.28.2013 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

New Orleans-based incendii blows stuff up in New Orleans. It used to be that working in the movie business meant living in Hollywood and accepting th...

Spotlight on University of the Arts London (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

These days it's difficult to be creative. Once again the arts community is having to justify the need for public spending and quantify their social worth.

WATCH: Special Effects Studio's Mesmerizing Food Commercial

Posted 06.18.2012 | Home

Ever wonder how food commercials capture that perfect shot of beer cascading into a glass, or perfectly moistened vegetables falling elegantly onto a ...

Super Mario Bros Given A Violent, Bloody Twist

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.15.2012 | Home

The world has ended. Now populated by Goombas and turtle shells and green pipes, everyone must fend for themselves. Only one man, an ambitious plumber...

Keyed Out, Colored In: Chroma Chromatic Dreams

Network Awesome | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology
Network Awesome

We think of green screens as a unique tool that can transport us into deep space or out to sea with a few edits, but they can be so much goofier than that. The true magic of the green screen is that it can become whatever you can dream up.

Can You Spot A Trick?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.19.2012 | Arts

Ofri Cnaani's exhibition "Special Effects" asks, or perhaps dares: "Can you see a trick while it's happening?" If this question sounds simple, you...

11 Ideas That Changed Film

Posted 05.11.2012 | Books

Color. Sound. Multiplexes. Artificial Lighting. The ever-changing history of film is a story of the intersection between culture and technology from t...

The 7 Most Overrated Things About the Movies

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.07.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

As someone who attends film festivals with relish, I still feel a terrible urge to expose the most overrated things in today's film industry.

The Only Way to See a Film

Ridley Scott | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Ridley Scott

It has never made sense to me that those preoccupied with how movies are delivered have for years written off "physical media" as "dead" even though the evidence shows it isn't happening and won't for years to come.

Name-Dropping with Pollo - Sept. 30, 2011

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.30.2011 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Fans of dance and house music won't want to miss my backstage footage from the recent GIRLS4BOYS Tour, when rising dance music acts Kwanza Jones, Liz Primo and Katrina hit LGBT night clubs along the West Coast.

Sucker Punch: Why You Were Unprepared To See the Film

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.28.2011 | Comedy
Dan Pashman

I didn't see Sucker Punch, and chances are, neither did you. The heavily-hyped special effects film opened Friday, but it lost the weekend box office...

WATCH: Black Swan Visual Effects Techniques Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

If you found yourself mesmerized by Black Swan's sinister sets, watching the visual effects reel may feel like waking from a hallucination. The video ...

Special Effects Wizard John Nelson on The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

For over three decades, John Nelson has specialized in making impossible images seem real.

Avatar: Moviemaking Will Never Be the Same

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Avatar (20th Century Fox) Moviemaking Will Never Be the Same The initial introduction to Avatar was not good. The trailer left something to be desire...

Lab Rat Cinema: Monetizing the Reptile Brain

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The unmistakable sign of a well-wrought book or film is that it puts us in a light trance. We suspend disbelief, immerse ourselves in the universe unfolding before us.