There are some who wince at VFX breakdowns, taking the popular practice for an unnecessary see-how-the-sausage-is-made curtain pull. Considering how inundated with behind-the-scenes information we’ve become in the Internet era, this is as understandable as it is reasonable. Sometimes, “movie magic” is nothing to futz with in any way. Still: even when speaking as one who’s forced to read through much of this material and, in turn, sometimes becomes dulled to the spectacle, yours truly is a fan of these videos, having often found my appreciation for already-loved films grow. For those on my side of the aisle, one YouTube user (via refocusedmedia) has a real treasure trove.
When pored over carefully, it becomes evident that this collection represents many sides of the VFX process. While there are some (The Lone Ranger, Gravity, Pacific Rim) that so obviously required digital effects — some pictures even sold on the amazing power of what had been accomplished — others (The Wolf of Wall Street, Only God Forgives) will surprise even the most attentive of viewers. For myself it, again, comes down to appreciation: some instances show how far animators came in constructing worlds; others display the skill it takes to enhance a real-world location for the most specific of means.
Check out all 190 videos in the playlist below:
What do you think of these breakdowns? How do they affect your opinion of the films?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute