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Storage Wars: ILM’s Birth In A Warehouse, Far, Far Away

John Dykstra. Denis Muren. Phil Tippett. Richard Edlund. These men, and the young guys and gals who toiled with them, were the corner stone of the modern age of movie effects, from inauspicious beginnings in an empty California warehouse, to the “go to” Skywalker Ranch magic maker of today. It all started with a little […]

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Scene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The Mine chase – Please keep your hands in the car at all times I’m not one for bemoaning the advance of CG effects over practical models and glass matte shots: if an effect is done well, that’s all I care about. However (!) there is something thrilling about the ingenuity behind old school methods; […]

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Scene is Believing: Star Wars Return of The Jedi

The Rancor Attack With Return Of The Jedi,  George Lucas wanted to pull out all the stops to finish his saga and give the fans even more of what they loved before. Whilst it could be argued that regurgitating the Death Star attack, albeit with added elements, was repetitive, Jabba’s palace, with even more bizarre […]

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Jurassic Park: 21 Things To Remember

Jurassic Park is 21 years old this week, and to celebrate, here are 21 facts you should know about this still radical creature feature. All set? Strap in! 1. The Jurassic Park T-Rex skeleton logo was adapted from the original Michael Crichton novel cover designed by Chip Kidd. 2. Director Steven Spielberg learnt about the […]

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