Behind the Scenes pulls back the curtain and lets you see how movies are made, from the initial script, the casting and how the jaw-dropping special effects come to life.


Inside 'The Water Horse'

The visual effects team for "The Water Horse" faced a unique challenge: Take a mythical creature and make it come alive on-screen from baby to adult. Take a look behind the scenes of "The Water Horse" to find out how they met the challenge.

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  • 10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals
    10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals

    Along with motion pictures, Hollywood has a knack for creating other things: controversy and scandal. So which scandals are the juiciest -- and why? See more »

  • An Amityville Primer
    An Amityville Primer

    HowStuffworks brings you up to speed on the story behind the "based on a true story" remake of "The Amityville Horror." Read about the real-life murders at 112 Ocean Avenue, the best-selling book and the family at the center of the controversy. See more »

  • Creating the Kranks Neighborhood
    Creating the Kranks Neighborhood

    Sometimes reality just doesn't do the trick. To get the right feel for the movie "Christmas with the Kranks," filmmakers had to build a fake wintry Chicago neighborhood on a parking lot in California. See how they did it. See more »

  • How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work
    How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work

    Could a sacred story be hidden for centuries, only to be revealed in one of the most famous works of art in the Western world? That's the story according to "The DaVinci Code." Take a look at the evidence. See more »

  • How Harry Potter's Wand Works
    How Harry Potter's Wand Works

    The Harry Potter universe would not be complete without magic wands. Have you ever wanted to know how these wands work and why they seem to have a mind of their own? You can learn about these magic wands in this section. See more »

  • How James Bond Works
    How James Bond Works

    With his dry wit and impeccable style, James Bond has been defying death and ruining the plans of megalomaniacal madmen in service of Queen and country for more than 50 years. Learn more about the history of James Bond and the leading men who portray him. See more »

  • How Jim Henson Worked
    How Jim Henson Worked

    Sept. 24, 2011, would have the 75th birthday of Jim Henson, the gentle, quirky puppet master who charmed the world with his lovable puppet characters. What makes Jim Henson's creative work and life so memorable -- and inspiring? See more »

  • How King Kong Works
    How King Kong Works

    When director Peter Jackson and Weta Digital effects studio completed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they began work on their next project: creating King Kong. In this article, we'll find out how the latest King Kong incorporates human performance an See more »

  • How Muppets Work
    How Muppets Work

    These raucous characters of felt and wool have claimed a top spot in the television world and American pop culture for over 50 years. But what exactly is a Muppet? Learn about the Muppets construction and the Muppeteers who bring them to life. See more »

  • How Narnia Works
    How Narnia Works

    Nearly every child dreams about being away from parents and traveling from the mundane world to someplace extraordinary. In this article, we'll explore the inspirations behind the Chronicles of Narnia as well as the mythical world itself. See more »

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