We’re still raving about The Avengers, you’re still reeling from the wave of the awesome The Avengers put out. We’re all just, floating out on an Avengers high right now,’ kay? So how’d they do it? How’d they make such a super fun, totally optimistic, superhero team-up, smash hit? One thing that definitely contributed were the spectacular special effects. Everything from The Hulk to the Helicarrier looked marvelous.

Coming Soon rounded up a few behind the scenes features that talk to Industrial Light & Magic, WETA digital, Hydraulx, and Evil Eye Pictures, all who provided special effects for The Avengers. If you’re one who likes to know all the details about how these comic book characters and their world were brought to life, you must read on!

Studio Daily took a look at the three stages of visual effects: previs, techvis, and postvis with work from companies like Industrial Light & Magic and WETA Digital. You can see examples of some of these intense actions scenes in with their digital effects unfinished above and below.

More behind the scenes SFX goodness after the cut!


Gah! I dunno whether to kill it or fuck it.

Gah! I dunno whether to kill it or fuck it.

Dude, I loved the movie ‘Face-Off’. Cage. Travolta. Good. Evil. Faces. Awesome. Whats this now, SyFy Channel’s “Face Off” has nothing to do with possibly the greatest, and definitely the most exuberant, action film to come out of the the ’90s? It’s a reality series, coming January 26th that pits up and coming special effects artists against each other  utilizing their skills in mortal combat competition, you say. Well, pinch my nipples and call me sally. That sounds fun. Now, I’m not one to endorse reality series, ’cause I think they are dumb-ifying America, but I am susceptible to ‘Hollywood’ behind the scenes type stuff, especially SFX. The process of creating monsters, ghouls, ghosts, aliens and whatever other wacky, out of this world shit creatives dream up is fascinating. The shit is just plain cool.

‘Face Off’, the series will introduce 12 up-and-coming make-up artists who will face off in Los Angeles in a series of elaborate challenges that will determine just who has the steady artistic hand to be the country’s next great SFX artist. The 12 Face Off artists will be whittled down week-by-week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning SFX artist will receive $100,000 and a year’s supply of make-up courtesy of Alcone.

I’m definitely  going to watch this! Absolutely love this kinda thing! However, I also wanna shake a fist with the rest of you. I know I can’t have it both ways, but SyFy canceled ‘Caprica’ and ‘Stargate Universe’ in favor of another non-reality, reality show. I got my dick in hand while I simultaneously roll my eyes. Fuck you SyFy. It’s like I have a layer of approval for you in between a layer of hate and disgust.  Eh, at-least it’s not another ‘Ghost Hunters’ spin-off.

Regardless of your feelings about reality television and poor schmucks shaming themselves on camera just to get a job, you have to admit ‘Face Off’ might be worth checking out.

Syfy’s new reality competition series, Face Off, premiers Wednesday, January 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy




OK, the Daleks from Doctor Who are badass. They exterminate anything and everything thats not of their kind. And, those voices of theirs, high pitch, monotone and mechanical. These guys are some scary ass mother fuckers, but GREATEST monsters of Science Fiction?  Well, that’s what a poll from SFX magazine says. 8,000 sci-fi fans took park of survey to determine the best Monsters, Supernatural Beings and Fantasy Creatures as part of the mag’s 200th issue celebration. And, apparently Daleks took the top spot over Star Trek‘s Borg, Godzilla and even the Aliens from the Alien films!

Here’s how the results played out:

1. The Daleks (Doctor Who)
2. Lorne (Angel)
3. Aliens (the Alien franchise)
4. Death (Discworld)
5. Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
6. The Shadows (Babylon 5)
7. Gizmo (Gremlins)
8. The Thing (The Thing)
9. Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia)
10. Predators (the Predator franchise)
11. The Borg (Star Trek)
12. Pilot (Farscape)
13. The Cybermen (Doctor Who)
14. Godzilla (Godzilla)
15. Ludo (Labyrinth)
16. Pinhead (Hellraiser)
17. Nibbler (Futurama)
18. The Great Dragon (Merlin)
19. Frankenstein’s monster (Frankenstein)
20. Slimer (Ghostbusters)

If I may go out on a limb and say this is the stupiest list ever. OMIGOD is it such an EPIC FAIL!.  Alsan, FAIL. Pilot, FAIL. The Great Dragon, FAIL. None One but two Doctor Who Characters, FAIL. And as much as I love Lorne he’s a FAIL too. Seriously, not one creature from Star Wars made it to the top 20? That in itself makes this an absolutley awful list.

What do you think? Who do you think should have made the the list? Who do you think should not be on the list?