Behind the Scenes

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.


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Inside 'The Golden Compass'

The Golden Compass features some of the most complex effects sequences ever seen on film. Check out this article, where some of the movie's visual artists tell us how they brought Phillip Pullman's beloved novel to life.

Inside 'Bee Movie'

Jerry Seinfeld's animated labor-of-love "Bee Movie" was born out of a joke Seinfeld made to Steven Spielberg. Get the rest of the buzz about the movie and its making.

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.

10 Stars Who Died During the Filming of a Movie

Stars' deaths throw millions into grief -- including the makers of their unfinished films. Learn how 10 big stars died and how everyone coped.

Inside 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is the fifth movie in the Harry Potter film franchise. Go inside this magical film and see how its amazing special effects were created.

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.

Inside '300'

Twenty-four centuries after a small army of 300 Spartan warriors held off 100,000 Persian invaders the story author and illustrator Frank Miller captured so vividly in his 1999 graphic novel has been realized on screen as "300" by director Zack Snyder.

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.

How Spy Gadgets Work

In this article, we'll check out the gadgets that James Bond has used and learn more about the tools that real secret agents have employed to gather information eliminate rivals and avoid detection.

How Sci-fi Doesn't Work

Yes you read right. We've broken down why sci-fi doesn't work in most movies. Although some fictional technology has come to pass, most onscreen science is still pure fiction. If you've ever been curious about laser beams or interstellar travel, read

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.

Inside 'Poseidon'

Thirty-four years after disaster film director Irwin Allen inverted a cruise ship in the name of entertainment, Wolfgang Petersen -- who knows a bit about boat-themed cinema -- has upended another Poseidon and drowned thousands with $160 million worth of watery effects.

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

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.

Inside 'Serenity'

Firefly was canceled before its first season was up, but an outcry from fans brought the Serenity crew back, this time to the big screen. Learn what went into making 'Serenity.'

The 42 Things You Should Know About 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

In its 26-year history, "The Hitchhiker's Guide" has rubbed shoulders with Darth Vader, the Ghostbusters, Pink Floyd and Radiohead and even put its stamp on an asteroid. Find out what else you should know.

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.

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.

Inside 'Ladder 49'

Ladder 49 boasts some of the most realistic depictions of firefighting in movie history. See what stars Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta and director Jay Russell told us about this ambitious production.

Post-blockbuster Summer Movie Guide

Now that all those gigantic blockbuster movies are out of the way, let's relax and enjoy some late-summer films. Check out our movie guide.

How do they color old black-and-white movies?

Love it or hate it, most of the classic black-and-white movies have been "colorized," mainly so that they can be shown on television in color. How does the colorization process work?