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How Blue Screens Work

When an actor dangles over an incredibly deep river gorge, blue screen photography is the magic that makes it look so real to the gasping audience. Find out how the blue screen technique works and why it's so convincing on the big screen.


Why aren't 3-D glasses red and blue anymore?

Why aren't 3-D glasses red and blue anymore?

Remember when 3-D glasses were red and blue lenses? They've gotten a major upgrade. Find out why 3-D glasses aren't red and blue anymore. See more »

10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

From 'The Phantom of the Opera' to 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' here are 10 groundbreaking uses of special effects makeup from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How fast should my Internet connection be to watch streaming HD movies?

How fast should my Internet connection be to watch streaming HD movies?

How fast should my Internet connection be to watch streaming HD movies? Learn how fast your internet connection should be to watch streaming HD movies. See more »

How Movie Make-up Artists Work

How Movie Make-up Artists Work

Are you interested in learning how movie make-up artists work? Check out HowStuffWorks for information explaining how movie make-up artists work. See more »

How Special Effects Artists Work

How Special Effects Artists Work

Special effects artists create movie magic using on-set effects and computer graphics. Learn more about special effects artists at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How is digital 3-D different from old 3-D movies?

How is digital 3-D different from old 3-D movies?

Many people remember the weird, headache-inducing colors that were part of old 3-D movies. But in new movies like "Meet the Robinsons," 3-D loses the paper glasses and goes digital. See more »

Creature Effects Makeup: An Interview with Matt Rose and Chad Waters

Creature Effects Makeup: An Interview with Matt Rose and Chad Waters

Monsters, monkeys, and freaks oh my! Step behind the scenes and onto the backlots of Hollywood with two of the movie industry's most prolific and talented creature effects artists, Matt Rose and Chad Waters. In this exclusive interview with Matt and Chad, HowStuffWorks learns their opinion on the future of special effects makeup as well as some creature effects movie tricks. See more »

How Animatronics Works

How Animatronics Works

Animatronics made cinematic history long before digital effects were around. Learn about how animatronics are created, programmed and controlled. See more »

How Industrial Light and Magic Works

How Industrial Light and Magic Works

The film "The Perfect Storm" is one of the most ambitious projects ILM has undertaken. The computer-generated effects in the film are absolutely amazing! Go behind the scenes and learn how ILM works! See more »

How Centropolis FX Creates Visual Effects

How Centropolis FX Creates Visual Effects

A movie like "The Patriot" contains an amazing range of visual effects -- Centropolis FX created everything from new towns to virtual soldiers for this movie! Go behind-the-scenes and learn exactly how CFX makes the imaginary look completely real! See more »