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Special Effects gives you the secrets to how companies like Industrial Light & Magic can use blue screens and green screens to create just about anything George Lucas can imagine.
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How Special Effects Artists Work

Special effects artists are responsible for the magic you see in movies. Learn more about special effects artists in this article.

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    10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

    You might not know to look at them, but some of film's most groundbreaking makeup jobs have relied on simple tools, like cotton and spirit gum. And they've come a long way. See more »

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

    Monsters, monkeys and freaks oh my! Step behind the scenes and onto the back lots 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, HowStuffWorks See more »

  • How Animatronics Works
    How Animatronics Works

    All those old monster movies may not scare many of us anymore, but they certainly captivated the audiences in their time. Animatronics have brought countless monsters to life, and the technology is only getting better. Go inside the belly of the beast. See more »

  • How Blue Screens Work
    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. 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 »

  • How does a Star Wars lightsaber work?
    How does a Star Wars lightsaber work?

    A "Star Wars" lightsaber is a special effect that looks so real, it's easy to believe it really exists. How do the filmmakers create a lightsaber? 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?

    If you want to watch HD movies online, you're going to need the right equipment and service. We'll walk you through your required components and show you a little math to make sure you're properly equipped for streaming cinema. 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 Industrial Light & Magic has undertaken. The computer-generated effects in the film are absolutely amazing! Go behind the scenes and learn how ILM works! 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 newer movies, 3-D loses the paper glasses and goes digital. See more »

  • How Movie Make-up Artists Work
    How Movie Make-up Artists Work

    Ever wonder how Spock's ears on "Star Trek" looked so real? It's the skill of a movie make-up artist. Read this article to learn more about how movie make-up artists work. See more »

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