Feature Films

Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Puppeteering Gravity

Gravity won big at the Academy Awards on the weekend, receiving seven well-deserved Oscars including Best Visual Effects. That result was entirely expected since Alfonso Cuaron’s “impossible movie” couldn’t have been made without several brand new, ground-breaking visual effects techniques. In fact, the film contains so many digital effects shots (up to 75% of the movie by some estimates) that many people… Read more →

James Franco with the China Girl in “Oz The Great and Powerful”

Phillip Huber and the China Girl

Ain’t It Cool News has been doing a series of interviews from the set of Oz The Great and Powerful an upcoming Disney film directed by Sam Raimi. One of the interviews features Master marionette puppeteer Phillip Huber, who performed an 18 inch tall marionette version of the film’s “China Girl” character on set: One of the absolutely great discoveries… Read more →

Animatronic Troll head built for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel’s Animatronic Troll

The reviews for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters haven’t been kind, but one aspect of the movie that does look very impressive is this fantastic animatronic troll head that was made for the movie by Spectral Motion. You can briefly see it in action in this clip from the film: Spectral Motion creates some remarkable practical effects. You can see… Read more →