The Magic of Special Effects

A 1984 documentary on special effects for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Explorers”, “Return of the Jedi”, and “2010”.

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Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy–The Making of Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2006) is the ultimate look at the scary, thrilling and groundbreaking 1984 film.

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Moments That Changed The Movies: Jurassic Park

This short documentary marks the moment that puppets went to the toy box and the computer became the special effects standard in Hollywood – Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

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Where is the camera operator? I love it when special effects are subtle



“Mirror Flashback”, By Gregory Lundsgaard

This is a great shot that involves leading our actor as she runs through her house, up the stairs, ending in the bathroom for a surprise effects ending.

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Top 10 Practical Movie Effects of All Time

CGI Effects are amazing, mind-blowing, and all over the place in Hollywood. But it’s amazing what can, and has, been accomplished without the aid of a computer.

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Movie Magic, documentary series about special effects

Movie Magic was a documentary series which focused on the creation of movie and television special effects and was broadcast in the US by the Discovery Channel.

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Good taste made Bad Taste

Peter Jackson demonstrates handmade camera gear used for shooting ‘Bad Taste,’ including a crane and his “20 bucks steadicam.” 90% of the film was shot on a Bolex. It was a film that provided Jackson with the necessary leverage needed to advance in the industry.

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The Making of “Psycho”

The screenplay of Psycho by Joseph Stefano is not available online? Here’s the original shooting draft [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)

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