VFX Videos of the Week 10-24-14

by Graham Edwards

It’s Friday, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by rounding up some of my favourite effects videos of the week.

My first choice is this great new showreel from Millennium FX, whose work we featured recently in our blog article about the BBC TV show Doctor Who:

Second is a video I’m sure you’ve seen already, given the speed at which it’s flying around the internet. But any excuse to watch it again, right? It’s the latest Air New Zealand safety video, featuring virtually the entire cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies … and with the obilgatory cameo by Peter Jackson, of course:

Next up is a real a blast from the past, remastered for a whole new generation. It’s a brand new trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The classic film has been digitally restored and is set for a special limited UK release on November 28, as part of the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder season:

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Two videos popped up recently breaking down the wacky VFX in Seth McFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West. The first comes from Tippett Studio, the second from Iloura:

 Iloura - A Million Ways To Die In The West

Here’s a little something that was posted by Bait Studio on their Vimeo channel a couple of months ago. It highlights the subtle eye-glow effects used to enhance the performance of Caity Lotz as the android Ava in The Machine (which we covered on the blog in this article earlier this year). The effects look deceptively simple, but there’s something about Ava’s eyes that just fascinates me:

Rising Sun Pictures have just released an amazing breakdown video showing how they created the Quicksilver kitchen sequence from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Believe me, this one is REALLY worth a look:

Quicksilver from X-Men Days of Future Past by Rising Sun Pictures

Last – and definitely NOT least – if you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t yet seen the first teaser for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, now’s the time to stop everything and watch something awesome. I love the dark tone of this trailer. And that eerie Pinocchio soundtrack is just deliciously creepy:

That’s all for today. Come back next Friday for another personal selection of videos. In the meantime, have a great weekend!