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Special Effects

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 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.


VR Horror Movies: A New Way to Be Scared Out of Your Mind

What could be better for a scream junkie than being fully immersed in a movie featuring a guy in a hockey mask with a big old knife — who is right behind you?

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

Remember when 3-D glasses were made of cardboard and red and blue lenses? They've gotten a pretty major upgrade – and there is more change to come.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!