special effects


Marvel Stuntmen Recreated a 'Super Smash Bros.' Fight IRL and It's Incredible

Watch Mario, Link, Ness, and Captain Falcon duke it out in an live-action brawl.


Film Directors Are Bringing Actors Back From the Dead With Creepily Real CGI Skin

Will life-like skin movement rescue digital characters from the uncanny valley once and for all?


How Hollywood Special Effects Are Helping Surgeons Practice Brain Surgery

Critical care doctor Peter Weinstock explains how movie magic—in the right hands—can actually save lives.


This Sci-Fi Short Wants You To Meet a Giant Alien and Find Yourself

An enormous alien lumbers through Los Angeles and people have no idea what to do.


Unlucky Claymation GIFs for Friday the 13th | GIF Six-Pack

Ward off evil spirits with Erma Fiend's grotesque body horror GIFs.


How to Stage a (Fake) Bloody, Explosive Death Scene

No one was harmed in the making of this video.


DIY 'Doctor Strange' Fire Portals Are Lit

Don't try this at home.


The Science Behind The World’s Most Convincing Ghost Effect

Special effects wizards have been using this technique to scare and mystify audiences for centuries.


A Psychological Sci-Fi Short Dives into the Cosmic Unknown

Filmmaker Zach Zombek explores how humans respond to the undiscovered and unfamiliar in 'Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence.'


How to Create the 'Star Trek' Teleporter Effect for Your Own Sci-Fi Film

With ‘Star Trek Beyond’ out today, PBS Digital Studio’s Joey Shanks shows fans how to create the teleporter effect.


3D Cronenbergs Bounce Around These Absurd Animations

Morphing creatures come alive in Polish 3D and visual effects artist Filip Tarczewski’s experiments.


Stanley Kubrick's Special Effects Guy Helped Make This Indie Sci-Fi Thriller Possible

Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) helped an emerging director make outer space in a fish tank.