Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dog Jumps through Door and Article of Clothing Carried in Mouth Changes Color in the Movie Marley and Me

Marley is a naughty and frisky Labrador dog in the heartwarming holiday movie Marley and Me. But we can assume that he's not frisky enough to be able to "magically" change the article of clothing he's carrying through a screen door! See how in the two pictures that follow, it changes from pink to white. Also note that in the second picture, it's a different item from what we see in the first one. Since it's from the official Marley & Me trailer, it may be an editing issue that may not be present in the movie itself.

Aside from the changing clothing article, Marley goes through a door that doesn't appear to have a screen, but the frame cuts to the next that clearly shows the dog breaking through the screen of the door as he jumps through. We can guess that the screen was removed to keep the cute dog from getting harmed from repeated takes. But the cutting is fast enough for the changes to be noticed. Marley and Me stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Watch the Marley & Me trailer here.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watchmen's Rorschach Swings to the Right But Hits from the Left

Here is an action sequence where the Watchmen's Rorschach swings something to his right to catch his opponent's jaw. But notice that when he connects, his weapon (or whatever that is he's swinging), comes in from the left.

This sequence is from the Watchmen trailer, and the continuity seems off. Otherwise, the takes are from two different scenes and simply spliced together in the teaser to form a semblance of a scene that's connected. If that's not the explanation, then it's likely because Rorschach can't tell left from right because of that stuffy sack over his head, or the Silk Spectre's outfit has got him distracted.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

My Bloody Valentine 3D Pickaxe over Arm Sequence

The new 3D horror film My Bloody Valentine 3D is intended more to thrill and amuse than to horrify viewers. It even has a movie within a movie sequence where Movie-goers get to experience deadly 3D effects coming from the screen itself.

This kind of virtual audience engagement in the movie-watching experience has been done before like in one of the Gremlins movies and Arnold Schwarzenneger's Last Action Hero. But with new 3D technology, this promises more realism. But, like old-fashioned B movies, some effects still use tried and tested methods, like the pickaxe-over-arm technique.

In the sequence shown, masked pickaxe murderer strikes a victim, but the attackee actually brings his arm up against the pickaxe (rather than the weapon driving into it), which is really stationary, and thus hides it behind his upper arm - making it appear as if it's pierced right through.

This movie stars Supernatural's Jensen Ackles and Bulletproof Monk's Jamie King.

Watch the trailer of My Bloody Valentine 3D.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Delayed Reflection in Twilight Flight Sequence and Crumpling Car Door Effect

Twilight is a "horror" romance, thriller about a teenage girl who falls for a teenage boy who apparently lives forever, eats fresh deer for lunch, and has powers like flight. The teaser doesn't really tell us much about the story, except that maybe the boy is a vampire, or something similar (because he can go without harm under daylight). But, of course fans of the book series already know about the characters and the situation they are in.

In one sequence, where the girl, Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) already knows that the boy Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) is different, they go on a flight. But notice how their reflection on the glass of the door in the third still (bottom) comes in only after they are already way out the doorway? That shouldn't have been the case. But, then again, if you check how reflections are seen in a mirror, it just might be correct and this isn't a special effects mistake.

But here's another scene where our vampire boy stops a vehicle from slamming into his girlfriend. Notice how the surface of the door of the car isn't smooth - suggesting that it's made of some easy-to-crumple material instead of the usual metal. Just a little push on it and it would give like a beer can. It's a "mechanical" sfx.

Twilight is based on the novel saga by Stephanie Meyer.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Plane Snags Too Soon in Knowing Movie

In the movie Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage (also starring in Bangkok Dangerous) and Rose Byrne, disasters happen which are supposed to be based on something written into a time capsule in a school.

One of these disasters is that of a plane crashing near a highway. As the plane approaches, it breaks down power lines across a bridge, but it's really too far away to snag. You can compare the relative size of the plane to the trucks on the bridge. The power lines are really too close for the plane to hit them too soon. Notice in the third still that one of the power lines that should have snapped is still untouched.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Missed Punches

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, is another monster movie in the tradition of Slither, Ghoulies, and Mario Brothers. The plot: man uncovers something gruesome; gruesome thing enters man; man turns to monster; monster turns other men (and women) into monsters and then all hell breaks loose. Of course, the only one who can save the world (in this case, that's the school), is a plumber. He has to make a decision - do what is right or run for his life.

Lots of punches are swung in this movie, but they're mostly obvious misses as this example below clearly shows. Girl flies across the room, but the punch didn't really connect. Well, that's what you can expect in Hollywood B movies - even the modern special effects ones like this.

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer stars Robert Englund, Rachel Skarsten, and Trevor Matthews

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Couple of Babylon AD Visual Effects Misses

Babylon AD is a new sci-fi, action thriller of Vin Diesel, who plays a tough mercenary of sorts, given the task of protecting a woman (Melanie Thierry) with special powers.

What follows are a couple of visual effects misses.

The city lights of the Americas (below) are very clear in this sequence as the viewer zooms in towards the Earth. The error is here is that there's not a single cloud blocking the view of the lights, although there are some in the day side. Also note the land masses to the left of North America (your left, actually) - unlikely because that's where the Atlantic ocean should be - or are they just brown clouds?

Here, Diesel throws a punch that connects with the jaw of his cage-fighting opponent, but it's really a clear miss even as the opponent reacts ahead of Diesel's punch.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Effects Bloopers Revealed

Special effects using computer animation is a boon to the movie industry, making productions that used to need tons of set constructions and extras simpler and quicker. But the ease with which the movie mages do their thing can lead to carelessness. While some computer graphics errors can be made less obvious through good editing. Some can still be seen if you look carefully. Here are two from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Plane hits ground that is really way behind it.

Arrows rain on skeletal warrior army...

...but the arrows are falling rear-end first.
There are really a few others more, but they are not very obvious. Maybe you can find more.

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