Solo: A Star Wars Story: Behind the VFX – BBC Click

The film Solo: A Star Wars Story has been Oscar nominated in the category of Best Visual Effects. Visual Effects Supervisor Julian Foddy from ILM spoke to Al Moloney about making the film.

Highly interesting part on how they made the mountain from the train heist scene explode. Turns out not all is computer generated …

The Making of ”Welcome Home” by Spike Jonze

I really enjoyed Apple’s “Welcome Home” ad for the HomePod, directed by Spike Jonze:

Over at AdWeek there’s a behind the scenes video available showing how they made it:


In particular, we get immersed in the choreography and the production design. But we also see how other elements came together, like the lighting, music and VFX.

Really fascinating stuff as there was almost no CGI involved (the set really moves as it was built using hydraulics).

This Look Inside Spike Jonze’s Apple Ad Is as Fascinating as the Film Itself →

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Behind the Magic: Creating Jedha and Scarif for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the destruction of Jedha and the battle on the beaches of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Hope to see a longer cut of this in the future, as it’s rather short. Spectacular nonetheless.

UPDATE 2017.03.02 The BBC has a bit more backstory on how some the digital shots where taken: a virtual camera – built using an iPad and a VR controller – was used by director Gareth Edwards to direct some of the shots.

World War II From Space

World War II From Space is a 90 minute documentary visualising key events from World War II from the vantage point of space. This was a huge task as there were 300 animations (most between 20/30 secs) and 79 VFX shots completed in 8 months. This is a montage of some of these sequences.

You can watch the entire documentary on YouTube, apparently.