Den of Geek’s top fifty movie special effects shots is a hell of a list. It willingly embraces all eras, movies that you might not expect (Hitchcock?!?) and hell, I think I learned a thing or two. ( And all the scenes have a video. That’s some serious dedication.) It probably goes without saying that and A New Hope get entries. Return of the Jedi
Plus I’ll take any excuse to lead off with
They also have a list of
the 24 worst special effects of all time, which includes that horrible Special Edition Jabba scene. (Which I still hold is worse than Han shooting first.)
Numerous media outlets today reported the death of Stan Winston, the Oscar-winning special effects master whose work included
Terminator, Jurassic Park, and Aliens. He was 62.
ILM’s Dennis Muren, who supervised
Jurassic Park’s digital effects, told : Variety
“When you put (Winston’s creatures and digital effects) together, the audience was confused, and sometimes we were, too, about who had done what.
“But Stan had always said, ‘It shouldn’t be all one or all the other; it should be a combination of the two.'”
Michael Heilemann over at
Binary Bonsai has a brief tribute – and a book recommendation.
Maybe not the most exciting video in the world, but an intriguing look into an aspect of the movie that is often neglected. (
No surprise here:
Five ILM films are on the preliminary list for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. The list of 15 will be narrowed down to 8 finalists, and from there to the 3 Oscar nominees.
Yoda is #5 on Entertainment Weekly’s ten favorite CG characters. Aside from the fact that most of us first fell for Yoda in puppet form, I have a hard time taking seriously any list that includes Casper the Friendly Ghost. Fun fact: ILM is responsible for 60% of the list. (Including Casper. Sorry dudes.)
It looks like no Computer Graphics for . Indiana Jones IV
Producer Frank Marshall explained this approach to the New Haven Register: “Steven is very aware of the process and we’re not cheating with CG (computer graphics) at all. It keeps the B movie feel.”
Also, principal shooting in New Haven has wrapped, and the crew is off to Hawaii for more filming.
Hyperspace) reports that Casino Royale, Eragon, Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Poseidon and Superman Returns are finalists for the three visual effects Oscar nominee spots. ILM worked on Pirates, Posidon, and Eragon.