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Last Action Hero (1993)
Director: John McTiernan Ed Wood (1994)
Director: Tim Burton The Green Mile (1999)
Director: Frank Darabont The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming Forrest Gump (1994)
Director: Robert Zemeckis Royal Wedding (1951)
Director: Stanley Donen A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director: Mel Stuart Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director: Spike Jonze Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Director: George Roy Hill The Matrix (1999)
Directors: The Wachowskis Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Director: Guy Ritchie Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2014)
Director: Matthew Vaughn The Godfather (1972)
Director: Frances Ford Coppola The Godfather (1972)
Director: Frances Ford Coppola From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Director: Robert Rodriguez Starship Troopers (1997)
Director: Paul Verhoeven Fright Night (1985)
Director: Tom Holland Taxi Driver (1976)
Director: Martin Scorcese Jaws (1975)
Director: Steven Spielberg El Mariachi (1992)
Director: Robert Rodriguez Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Director: Stanley Kubrick Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Directors: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones Jaws (1975)
Director: Steven Spielberg Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright Dead Alive (1992)
Director: Peter Jackson Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Director: James Cameron Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Director: George Romero Scanners (1981)
Director: David Cronenberg A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George Romero Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George Romero Ed Wood (1994)
Director: Tim Burton Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Director: Frank Oz Edgar Bergen — Puppeteer Gremlins (1984)
Director: Joe Dante E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg The Muppet Movie (1979)
Director: James Frawley Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Director: Irvin Kershner The Terminator (1984)
Director: James Cameron Alien (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott Alien (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott Aliens (1986)
Director: James Cameron Memento (2000)
Director: Christopher Nolan The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming Fright Night (1985)
Director: Tom Holland Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis Army of Darkness (1992)
Director: Sam Raimi Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Director: Sam Raimi Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Director: George Lucas Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George Romero Repulsion (1965)
Director: Roman Polanski Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director: Mel Stuart The Fly (1986)
Director: David Cronenberg Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Director: Sam Firstenberg Royal Wedding (1951)
Director: Stanley Donen A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick Inception (2010)
Director: Christopher Nolan Beetlejuice (1988)
Director: Tim Burton Alien (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott Spaceballs (1987)
Director: Mel Brooks Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon Alien (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Director: Sam Raimi The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming Aliens (1986)
Director: James Cameron An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis Creepshow (1982)
Director: George Romero The Addams Family (1991)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Dead Alive (1992)
Director: Peter Jackson Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Director: Robert Zemeckis Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Director: Sam Raimi Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Director: James Cameron Top Secret (1984)
Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker Elf (2003)
Director: Jon Favreau Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Director: Sam Raimi Labyrinth (1986)
Director: Jim Henson Big Fish (2003)
Director: Tim Burton Elf (2003)
Director: Jon Favreau Ben Hur (1925)
Director: Fred Niblo Princess Nicotine (1909)
Director: J. Stuart Blackton The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Director: Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Director: Peter Jackson The India Rubber Head (1901)
Director: George Méliès Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Director: George Miller Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Director: Richard Marquand The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming Forrest Gump (1994)
Director: Robert Zemeckis Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Director: Robert Rodriguez 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick Aliens (1986)
Director: James Cameron Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Director: Frank Oz The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter Beetlejuice (1988)
Director: Tim Burton An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven Day of the Dead (1985)
Director: George Romero Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director: Mel Stuart Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Director: Michel Gondry Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Director: James Cameron Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Director: Steven Spielberg

100 thoughts on “Creating The Illusion

  1. Hello! I was just wanting to let you guys know that watching this video and seeing all the different tricks inspired us to try out different things, we made a short film and tested out reverse photography, and we plan to test out more of these iconic film tricks in future work!~ Your guys' videos are really inspirational, here's the video we tested out reverse photography in if you want to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiQmfiLis6w

  2. How do you make 50-years old movies look like brand new in HD!? It makes them so much more enjoyable in my opinion

  3. ….in case i don't see ya good afternoon good evening and good night.
    Great video. This one really needs more views and likes.

  4. Wasn't Aliens James Cameron's movie? @7:31 I don't think Ridley Scott had anything to do with the effects

  5. Hi! Great to watch, thanks! Any chance you can put together a list of the movies shown here? There are some interesting looking ones I have no clue about.

  6. 11:39 one question? How is his hair standing still. I know stuff like the lamps and sheets and just glued into place, but you can't really do that with human hair

  7. Great video. Very informative, very well made and not the least bit excessive. I absolutely loved this. I would love to see a continuation of this, or even a series based on this idea. I only just found this channel and you've earned yourself another sub.

  8. 12:55 Wow! Thats gorgeous!!! Thank you! Finally i know, why in Mirrors you cant see the camera guy. I ever wondered, how they hide the camera in a mirror.

  9. OMG! I don’t like to comment any video… But this is an exception! This kind of content reminds me why I decided to start in the Audiovisual industry! Don’t stop to show us this amazing things! And… Thanks 🙂

  10. Great video. You basically summed up like 50 films worth of DVD BTS footage and neatly packaged it into one well thought out video. Thanks for making this!

  11. Increadible.. the video , the explation everything.. like one of the viewer's said years worth of film making class

  12. Another great Rocket Jump lesson.  Fantastic footage you've been able to curate to illustrate the principles of how to create visual illusions.

  13. I remember reading tonnes of books on movie effects as a kid, from how they did the transformation in american werewolf in london to the heavy prosthetics worn by Dustin Hoffman in little big man, also simple effects like blood made from coffee and food colouring, damn I'm old.

  14. wow. just wow! in a few hours I am binge watching so many of these videos about cinema that I think I will never look a movie the same way anymore!

  15. I love how whenever anyone references Terminator for puppetry it's always the endo-skeleton. Nobody ever mentions that EPIC shot in the end of T2 when the T-1000 is blown apart by a 40mm grenade. That was a full scale puppet as well and in my opinion the some of the best puppetry on film.

  16. Fun fact: the T2 mirror gag also made outstanding use of Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie, who is briefly seen in the "mirror" during the clip shown here.

  17. 2:50 "You can't really stab someone through the hand."
    Actually you can. It's just not a very good idea.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-u7fZgE80w

  18. 4:40 Actually you can dismember actors who are already amputees, so long as you don't add to the amputations they already have.
    As an amputee, I would be annoyed to have one of my 3 remaining limbs last. I would also be annoyed to lose what is left of my amputated leg.

  19. 9:38 but what about the fog? The "Original" footages fog looks unnatural, even if it somehow was sucked in. You sure that was done this way?

  20. I I understand it correctly, did the dangling miniature of Ben Hur work the same way as this classic Chaplin effect? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4oTcWevGfs ? Please let me know if I'm way off the mark.

  21. Whenever I watch a movie where someone is kicking like 7 people's asses at once I always wonder if anyone ever has actually done that.

  22. Y'know, I have the talent to become a hand drawn animator. But CGI/practical effects and tricks like these tend to make live action movies better than animated ones. That is untill you see Akira: one of, if not thee best, animated movie of all time, even better than Beauty and the Beast.

  23. Awesome video! As a sound nerd though, I'm surprised you mentioned nothing or little of sound design/foley artists/mixers etc., without whom none of the illusion could be solidified! (:

  24. 9:34 How can it be shot in reverse if the smoke is fine? It spreads away from the source as in real life and it doesn't even look if it's sucked away to give the illusion, so it can't be reversed.

  25. So warm and educated show. Filmmaking has always been the greatest part of my heart but now it's even more important looking how magical it comes…

  26. Its a shame the last mad max movie looked amazing but had the worst plot I've ever seen. A HUUUUUGE chase through the desert to get back to where you came from. Nothing mattered and it sucked.

  27. Dude i LOVE these!!!! Thank you so much for taking your time to do awesome stuff like this, making me appreciate film so much more. Cheers!!

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