Test footage of the animatronic head designed and built by Gustav Hoegen for the climax of the fight sequence in the toilets for The World’s End, 2013. (Refresher with glorious blue smash) The head has 12 servos, 10 for the eye and brows and 2 for the jaw/jaw slew and is entirely self-contained utilising a magnetic latching battery compartment in the base of the neck, and a magnetic on/off switch buried below the skin for ease of power saving without battery removal. The detail and realism is just off the charts, that “goddammit I’m on the FLOOR” side eye is so expressive.

John Travolta Insert torso used for skin removal scene in Face/Off, 1997.

Applying Cable prosthetic makeup to Josh Brolin for Deadpool 2.

Building Tank Girl’s tank, for….wait for it….the movie Tank Girl, 1995.

Testing an awesome practical FX transformation for Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, 2013-2015. I laugh with glee every time the animal mouth comes out, this is so great.

2011’s Cabin in the Woods werewolf, sculpted, painted and styled by Norman Cabrera while at AFX. The greenscreened actors legs will be removed with VFX in the final cut.

I thought the CitW werewolf was a flat out tribute to this classic werewolf from The Howling, 1981, shown here getting last minute adjustments by special fx producer Jeff Shank.

Filming the stop motion animation artists who are filming Kubo and the Two Strings, 2016. If you haven’t seen it, give yourself a gift and do. It’s visually amazing and the story is pretty great too.

Building the climactic domino shot for V for Vendetta , 2005. Scene.

Stunt double/ co-stunt coordinator Mike Massa being made up to look like Harrison Ford as Deckard for his work on Blade Runner 2049. FX makeup wizard Bill Corso used a nose, earlobes and a lot of clever highlight and shadow while his FX partner Karen Myers used a lot of glue, a bald pate, a partial wig and lots of specially mixed silver to render the effect. Stills below.

Et voila!

Esther Williams being filmed during an underwater scene from Jupiter Darling, 1955. Here’s the scene. (I didn’t watch it with audio on, but apparently there’s terrible sound so be forewarned.) Williams was such a huge star that MGM built a special pool with underwater filming windows and air hoses just to keep her and her movies.

Chris Pratt piloting the Milano spaceship for Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014. That’s some serious eyebrow acting, crisp.

One Eyed Willie’s ship, The Inferno, on the set of the final battle with the Fratelli’s in Goonies, 1985.  The ship was 105 feet long and took 2-1/2 months to construct. It was modeled after Errol Flynn’s ship in The Sea Hawk (1940). The sails required more than than 7,000 square feet of material, the largest measured 30ft by 60ft. Some of the ship’s rigging was recycled for the Pirates of the Caribbean ship at Disneyland, which was being renovated at the time. The cast was not allowed to see the pirate ship before the scene was shot, as director Richard Donner wanted to catch their genuine reactions at the size and scope of it. When they did see it, Josh Brolin was so surprised that he exclaimed “Holy shit!” They had to reshoot the scene and splice his bit in without the swearing. The pirate ship was 100% functional (save for being entirely seaworthy, as it was supported). All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it… No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.

Filming the Amazons storming the beach for WonderWoman, 2017.

Full scale set of the Belafonte from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004. Note the person in the foreground for scale. SO cool.

Gary Oldman in various stages of having his Mason Verger makeup effects applied for Hannibal, 2001.

A before-and-after green screened CGI effects for The Walking Dead.

Long tracking fight scene shot from Captain America: Civil War, 2016.

Filming the chase scene in Independence Day, 1996.

Heath Ledger filming dangling Joker scene The Dark Knight, 2008.

On the set of 1959’s North By Northwest getting ready to shoot the Mount Rushmore scene.

20 stunt men on fire simultaneously for Game Of Thrones, the most ever for a TV production. See the full behind the scenes here. For fire stunts, the stuntmen/women are covered with fire-resistant clothes, a cooling gel and a mask. Once they are set on fire, they have to hold their breath until the shot is complete and the fire is extinguished — taking about 30 seconds in total. The minute the stuntman is lit up, someone off screen starts counting loud enough for everyone on set to hear. They have a standard 10-12 second count to get the shot before the fire extingushing crew comes in. This is not because of the fire itself, but because the stunt men/women have to hold their breath from the moment the fire is lit to the moment they are put out. They have to be calm and keep their heart rates down while running and flailing so they can hold their breath as long as possible. One stuntman is quoted as saying “if someone bumps you and you breathe without thinking, it’s all over, you’re breathing fire.” Comfortable desk job? Don’t mind if I do.

Before and after CGI effects added for Boardwalk Empire.

Side by side comparison of Bill Nighy as Davy Jones shooting, with layered basic CGI and the final scene for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 2006.

FX makeup artist Ve Neil applying and painting Stellan Skarsgard’s Bootstrap Bill prosthetics designed and sculpted by Joel Harlow for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 2006.

Before and after visual FX, Mad Max Fury Road 2015.

Aaron Eckhart before and after CGI for The Dark Knight, 2008. I honestly thought this was practical prosthetic effects until I saw this. Impressed and disappointed (impressipointed?).

Peter Weller with his stunt double Russell Towery on the set of RoboCop, 1987.

Wide overview of actors and film crew on the set of Pirates of the Carribean 5, Dead Men tell no tales, at Mauds-land on the Gold Coast.

More unused practical effects created by the ADI studio for 2011’s The Thing reboot/prequel whatever. There was a lot of conversation about practical effects not being as scary as CGI so they went with nearly entirely CGI in the film….but damn man, this short snippet of a guy screaming on the floor under the Edvard Thing is scary as hell as is even with all of the visible wires and framework. *shudder*

Prosthetics and makeup FX by Neill Gorton for Matt Smith filming his final episode as Doctor Who, 2013.

Stop-motion animator Tim Allen setting a scene for Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, 2005.

John Matuzak having a Sloth makeup prosthetics applied for Goonies, 1985. It took 5-6 hours to apply each day.  For the big scene on One-Eyed Willie’s ship when the kids team up with Sloth, Richard Donner specifically told the kids “Whatever you do, don’t get John’s makeup wet, because if you do it’ll be ruined. And they said ‘oh don’t worry, we won’t.’ And they jumped in the water and ran right up to him and [soaked him]. Here this guy’s been in the makeup chair 5 hours! And he never said a thing. ‘Do I have do do this again?’ and I said yeah, I’m afraid so. You’d think he’d kill the kids, but he was great. That smile.” From a short documentary of the film.

German aircraft Stuka RC model being transported on the beach for Dunkirk, 2017.

Ricou Browning doing the camerawork while filming the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954.

Tom Holland filming stunt for Spiderman: Homecoming, 2017. The thumbs up is the best.

Makeup tests for Vincent D’Onofrio’s Edgar suit, Men in Black, 1997.

Before and after greenscreen CGI effects, The Hobbit, 2012.

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