How They Shot The Iconic Exploding Head Scene in Scanners

In today’s movies have exploding heads, torsos and all around exploding bodies is quite common, thanks for the aid of special digital effects, but back in the 80′s getting someone’s head to explode was not as easy as starting after affects.

Scanners, David Cronenberg’s 1981 classic happens in a world where certain people have the ability to read other people’s minds and control their bodies. They are called Scanners. The story revolves around an organization, ConSec, who tries to weaponize this ability. But not everyone is happy with this plan. One of renegade scanners who is definitely not happy with this plan literally explodes one of ConSec’s Scanners heads during a demo they are performing. All done with real shot footage and without a single line of code. How did they do it?

Special Effects Supervisor Gary Zeller and Special Makeup Artist Stephan Dupuis share how brute force and leftover burgers are sometimes the only way to create a reliable special effect. [Read more...]

Dreamworks Dad Turns His Son’s Life Into A series of Epic Action Flicks

Some of us (me included) go to the movies when we want a piece of incredible reality poured upon us. But if your dad is a Dreamworks Animator, your every dream (and mom’s nightmare) can come to life.

In an epic series of 10-15 seconds youtube flicks, Dreamworks animator (and father) Daniel Hashimoto turns his son, James, into an action hero of the most dangerous kind. A channel called Action Movie Kid is dedicated to changing his sons everyday activities into thrilling adventures, including a Laser LEGO gun, a real light saber, a grappling gun that sticks ya to the ceiling and a bunch of other fun (yet scary) activities. [Read more...]

Australian Video Company Advertises Themselves by Showing Exactly What They Do (and It’s Epic)

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These guys run a video advertising company called Torchborne Screens in Australia. When it comes to the video advertising, it looks like they know their field. They released this demo reel to promote the work they do, and it hit the front page of Reddit’s videos section. The video stands as a reminder of what’s possible with the gear we have today and with how accessible that gear is.

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