Questions about the use of "special effects", such as those produced with computers or optical trickery.

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Is Luke's hand animatronic or CG?

I am referring to the appearance in The Force Awakens
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How does Phil Tippett—the stop-motion artist for the original “Star Wars” trilogy—feel about the 1997 CGI reworking to the films?

Phil Tippett is a fairly well known—and well regarded—stop motion artist and visual effects supervisor—whose big break happened when he was hired by George Lucas in 1975 to create the special effects ...
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Which FX company or team created Maz Kanata?

For me, standout moments of the Force Awakens were Maz Kanata's screen time. The character was wonderfully textured and the performance subtle, nuanced and awe inspiring. I can find information ...
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Did they use models or CGI for the spaceships in The Force Awakens?

Before The Force Awakens was released, Lucasfilm talked a lot about their efforts to use practical effects and such, using CGI relatively sparingly. This video covers practical costumes, props, ...
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Why all the double stars in the left half of the The Force Awakens star field?

There is a strange non-random effect in the star field used in The Force Awakens. I expect others will question this, but I'm absolutely certain it was there. I noticed it during the initial scene ...
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How did they realize young Michael Douglas in Ant-Man?

Michael Douglas is around 70. The first scene of Ant-Man take place in the mid 80s, and he is playing someone in his mid-thirties to early forties. There were a number of close ups. Vs. Was ...
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How are the throat slitting scenes created in Game of Thrones?

I am currently watching Game of Thrones S3, where a character’s throat is slit. In scenes such as this, how is the fake wound and blood spray created? Also, how do actors provide perfect expressions ...
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How were the lightsaber effects done in Star Wars?

According to Wookieepedia, the the props are made of wood. Also, due to the brittleness of the stunt blades used during this fight, which were little more than wooden dowels, Diamond was forced ...
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Is the sphere or bubble of pure force overused in scifi movies? [closed]

It seems that every time I see a movie with a character who either has the power of telekinesis or a force field of some sort that they almost always manifest it as a sphere or bubble of force. I'm ...
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How were the planets in the original Star Trek built?

I've been watching the old Star Trek again for the first time in 20 years or more. I am really impressed with the appearance of the ship in space, but more so I am impressed with the appearance of ...
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Early 90s YA novel about a kid into special FX who meets an (animatronic, yet possibly alive) dragon

All i can remember are a few specifics, would love to rediscover the title. Haven't been able to Google up anything. The kid (~13) made special effects models as a hobby (only one i can remember is ...
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What inspired the Praxis effect?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, an over-mined moon explodes resulting in a flat shockwave emanating out into space. It's been commented this has no bearing in real astronomy, despite being ...
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Where is the Shoe in the Space Battle in “Return of the Jedi?”

I've read, in many places, and heard in interviews, that while filming the Battle of Endor sequence in Return of the Jedi that in the "It's a trap!" scene, when an overwhelming number of Imperial ...