That’s No Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Navy Creates Epic Star Wars Parody Trailer

The Force is strong with the crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who’ve created perhaps the best Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan trailer yet using “the Ike” as their backdrop. Although there are Star Wars parodies left, right, and center these days as the December 18th release of The Force Awakens nears, it takes a certain level of skill and dedication to create one that mirrors both the heart and cinematic visuals of the franchise. https://youtu.be/EypzUduBqiQ Major props to Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Delgado on … Read more about That’s No Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Navy Creates Epic Star Wars Parody Trailer

Watch Two Jetpack Daredevils Fly Alongside an Airbus A380

No, this isn't a special effects scene from a James Bond movie—these guys actually flew side-by-side on jetpacks with the world's largest passenger aircraft. Former fighter pilot Yves Rossy and his comrade Vince Reffet took to the skies over Dubai in a stunt to promote Emirates Airline. This genius marketing move resulted in a heart-pounding 4K video worthy of the big screen. The two "jetmen" are tiny compared to the 238 feet long Airbus, yet they manage to fly in perfect formation 4,000 feet above the skyline. A team of videographers … Read more about Watch Two Jetpack Daredevils Fly Alongside an Airbus A380

The Truth Is Out There, Just Not in Hollywood’s Portrayal of Space

News of flowing water on Mars was released during the same week that The Martian hit theaters. This made Andy Weir’s carefully researched picture of the planet somewhat obsolete. But The Martian is in good company—many of the best space films of all time are wrought with inaccuracies. Whether the result of new knowledge of the universe or an utter disregard for science, filmmakers have been fudging the truth about outer space for eons. Sure, certain iconic films like Star Wars ask the viewer to suspend disbelief and enter a world of laser … Read more about The Truth Is Out There, Just Not in Hollywood’s Portrayal of Space

The Following Preview Features Slow Theme Music

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than reboots, it’s pairing them with slow trailer music—and for good reason. If you want audiences to know in the first few seconds that a film is not going to be all moonlight and roses, the quickest way to show them is often through its sound (the more distorted and unexpected this sound, the better). Just as the slow and discordant hum of the infamous Jaws score hits a biological nerve with audiences by playing against their expectations of rhythm, more and more modern film trailers are … Read more about The Following Preview Features Slow Theme Music

The Kinetic Action Editing of Mad Max: Fury Road

Few films in the history of cinema are as vivid, bold, and elegantly chaotic as George Miller’s modern action masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road. With its potent fusion of post-apocalyptic design and explosive automotive stunt-work, it’s the kind of film that makes the audience wonder, “How did they get away with that?” Mad Max bucks the modern Hollywood trend of quick, disorienting edits that excite but confuse the audience. Even so, much of the critical discussion around the film has surrounded its experimental action-driven narrative, … Read more about The Kinetic Action Editing of Mad Max: Fury Road

Say Happy Father’s Day with Footage

This Father’s Day, dads everywhere will reign supreme over the acts of fishing, shaving, and making children feel weightless—further cementing their status as everyday heroes. It’s only right that we honor them the best way we know how: through the art of film. Please enjoy our heartfelt tribute to just a few of the things that make dads heroes, courtesy of stock footage. Thanks, Dad—and Happy Father’s Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OSNSZWazf8 Make your own tribute to Dad with our collection of great Father's Day … Read more about Say Happy Father’s Day with Footage

The Evolving Science—and Artistic License—Behind Jurassic Park’s Dinosaurs

  The original Jurassic Park film revolutionized not only the special effects and film worlds, but the public’s understanding of dinosaur behavior and evolution. When it first released two decades ago, The New York Times even called the film “seductively scientific,” but do those same words hold up today? Not quite; just as special effects have evolved since 1993, so has science. What, exactly, have scientists learned in the past 22 years? Quite a lot, it turns out. Back in 1993, Jurassic Park walked a fine line between fact and … Read more about The Evolving Science—and Artistic License—Behind Jurassic Park’s Dinosaurs

The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Superfans really don’t enjoy it when you mess with their favorite characters or storylines—just ask George Lucas. Not only do fans of his Star Wars franchise continue to hold grudges over characters like Jar Jar Binks and the controversial reversal of Han’s shooting first, but they scrutinize and dissect every minute detail, from lightsaber design to the strength of Boba Fett’s armor. That’s exactly why the sound engineers behind The Avengers: Age of Ultron employed a team of no less than thirty individuals to get the sound just right, all … Read more about The Sounds of Marvel Movies