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Karel Zeman's Special EffectsCzech filmmaker Karel Zeman spent most of the 20th century pioneering animation techniques. He began as an advertising producer, creating animated film ads in the '20s and '30s. Zeman began making stop-motion films in the 1940s, using puppets and special effects techniques he developed. He experimented with stop-motion, glass animation, miniatures, forced perspective, layering, and 3D techniques. As you can see in the compilation above, he used a wide range of tricks to get to the finished product. In the 1950s, Zeman began a series of six feature films that combined animation with live-action footage, which he is most famous for. Many of Zeman's works are available at YouTube. The full 1980 documentary by Zeman, from which the above compilation was taken, is available online, but the film quality is poor. -via Everlasting Blort​#movies #animation #specialeffects #KarelZeman
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Dorothy's Dress from "The Wizard of Oz" will be For SaleDecades after its appearance in the classic 1939 movie, the blue-and-white checkered gingham dress worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz will be up for sale.The dress was worn by the actress Judy Garland who played the iconic role. This dress was assumed to be lost at the Catholic University of America. However, it was discovered after clearing out some of the office clutter in the university. Imagine if someone just threw it without a second glance! Now the dress is slated to be sold at Bonhams’ Classic Hollywood: Film and Television auction on May 24 in Los Angeles. It has a presale estimate of up to $1.2 million.Image credit: AP Photo/Katie Vasquez#dress #movies #classic #TheWizardofOz #dorothy #JudyGarland #auctions
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Steven Spielberg's Movies Ranked From Worst to BestYou know you are a force to be reckoned with when your filmography has a staggering thirty two movies to rank. Not many directors have that distinction, and among them Steven Spielberg probably still holds the crown for the most accolades. From Jaws to West Side Story, his storied oeuvre needs little introduction.Dan Jackson and Matt Patches of Thrillist has ranked Spielberg’s 32 films from worst to best:32. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 31. Hook (1991) 30. 1941 (1979) 29. The Terminal (2004) 28. Always (1989) 27. Ready Player One (2018) 26. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 25. Empire of the Sun (1987) 24. Amistad (1997) 23. The BFG (2016) 22. The Post (2017) 21. War Horse (2011) 20. The Adventures of Tintin (2011) 19. The Sugarland Express (1974) 18. Bridge of Spies (2015) 17. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 16. The Color Purple (1985) 15. War of the Worlds (2005) 14. West Side Story (2021) 13. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 12. Munich (2005) 11. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 10. Saving Private Ryan (1998) 9. Minority Report (2002) 8. Schindler's List (1993) 7. Lincoln (2012) 6. Catch Me If You Can (2002) 5. Jurassic Park (1993) 4. Jaws (1975) 3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)Image: Raiders of the Lost Art/Paramount Pictures#StevenSpielberg #movies #IndianaJones
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Film Locations Then & Now: What Places in the Movies Look Like NowDoes that street look familiar but you just can't place where you saw it before? Perhaps you saw it in a movie - like the scene shown above from Back to the Future (1985) where Marty hitched a ride on his skateboard by holding on to the back of a blue pickup truck pulling out of a driveway of a Burger King in Hill Valley. Today, nearly 40 years later, that Burger King is still in there in Burbank, California, where that scene was filmed.Location shooting is where a film or TV show is filmed in a real-world setting, as opposed to a sound stage or a studio backlot. In some filming locations, the actual place and the place the movie is supposedly set are the same - for example, La La Land (2016) was actually filmed in Los Angeles. In other movies, the filming locations are different: Amadeus (1984) was set in Vienna, Austria, but was shot in Prague and Kromeriz in the Czech Republic.Of course, after the movie is filmed, shown to adoring fans, and consigned to re-runs on Netflix or are forgotten, the filming locations - the houses, buildings, parks and streets - are often still there. And years or decades later, that location would have changed with the times while some elements would remain similar to what we'd see in the film.The entertaining and fun Then & Now Movie Locations website and Instagram page by Paul S. features movie stills from famous movies showing the filming locations and what those locations look like at present day. The site showcases a few locations that were featured in Hollywood blockbusters like Top Gun (1986), Robocop (1987) and Forrest Gump (1994) to classic horror flicks like Friday the 13th (1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).Images via Then & Now Movie Locations#movies #film #filmlocation #thenandnow #featuredHere are some of our favorites Film Locations Then & Now:
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Casino Expert Sal Piacente Explains Card Counting and Other Casino Cheating Scenes From MoviesI remember watching 21, a movie where a college kid gets recruited by his professor into a team of gifted and skilled individuals to infiltrate casinos and win huge amounts of money. The film left me rooting for the main character as he struggled between his successful escapades in different casinos and his real-life issues– but that’s not the main point here. The point is that every time he and his teammates used their cool signals to each other and card tricks to win, I always wondered if that really happens in real life.Well, it turns out that Vanity Fair has me covered! The magazine invited casino game protection expert Sal Piacente to review and explain the tricks and sequences pulled in films such as Rain Man, Ocean’s Thirteen, Now You See Me 2, 21, and more. Watch Piacente also attempt to recreate some of the tricks seen in these movies. A video of this is above!#vanityfair #explained #casinoexpert #cheating #cardcounting #casinos #movies
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Unique Signatures that Identify FilmmakersRarely would someone say, "If you've seen one Coen Brothers movie, you've seen them all." If someone ever says that to you, you'll need to stage a Coen Brothers film festival to set them straight. However, there are habits and tricks that successful directors use over and over, because they work. And sooner or later, they become a recognizable feature of their films. That said, there are quite a few more ways to identify a Coen Brothers movie than just the camera angles.
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Can You Guess What Movies These AI-generated Posters are For? These "movie posters" don't look anything at all like the movies the depict, and the style has a curious sameness to them, because they were all generated by an algorithm. Alexa Steinbrück created this gallery by feeding an artificial intelligence image generator with text descriptions of movies. Can you guess what movie each is supposed to be for?