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Popular Mechanics Goes to the Movies

How 'Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom' Was Made

Every summer, Hollywood goes big. Big stars. Big budgets and huge visual effects. This summer’s technology is more spectacular than ever. We went behind the scenes to see how magic is made in 2018.

Blade Is Back: 'Blade Runner 2049' Is a Must-Watch

Good news, Replicants: The sequel stands up.

How 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Was Made
The apes are coming (again). And they're going to look more real tha…
"Ghost in the Shell" Is Actually Pretty Good

Scarlett Johansson powers a satisfying remake of the anime classic.

How the AT-AT Walkers in "Empire" Worked
It took skilled workers, aluminum, and a lot of patience to bring th…
An evening at the other Oscars, where innovation and technical wizardry take home the hardware.
'Arrival' Production Designer Explains the Film's Most Stunning Effects

What do intergalactic aliens and Drake have in common?

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The Incredibly Special Effects Awards: Like the Oscars, But for Spaceships and Explosions

A surprise about Deadpool, the arrival of Arrival, and more of the very best movie effects of the year.

The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA

While telling the story of three unknown space heroes, Hidden Figures also reveals a greater truth about NASA.

The Wonderful Visual Effects of 'The Jungle Book' and the Future of Movie Magic

Jungle Book director Jon Favreau out-Disneys Walt Disney.

4 Things You Learn the First Time You Attend the Academy Awards

Popular Mechanics' editor-in-chief- Ryan D'Agastino reflects on attending the biggest night in show business.

Popular Mechanics Sponsors the Sci-Tech Awards

We toss in our lot with the technical geniuses who make movie magic happen.

How 6 of the Iconic Sounds of 'Star Wars' Were Conceived

From baby talk to walruses, how sound legend Ben Burtt made some of the most recognizable cinematic sound effects in the world. 

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<p><strong><em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em></strong><br></p><p>Though some skies were altered and stunt performers' cables were erased in postproduction, <em>Mad Max: Fury Road </em>emphasized practical effects. More than 150 vehicles were built for the shoot—and then destroyed. By the end of the film, "we probably had only ten left," stunt coordinator Guy Norris says. On the heaviest stunt days, Norris would incorporate 150 stunt actors. His goal was controlled chaos. "I designed the action so that it was like being in warfare," he says. "When you're on the top of the tanker, even though the camera might be to the left-hand side seeing something happen, an entire battle is going on over to the right-hand side. We would develop sequences so that you could actually shoot it in one line." All of that sophisticated stuntwork required some unsophisticated preparation: toy cars. "We'd start out in the dirt with all of the drivers with a model car, and we would plan the whole run. It was like rehearsing a football play." Only with a few more explosions.</p>
The 2016 Incredibly Special Effects Awards

Our second annual look at the year's most stunning technological moments in film.

A Brief History of Sound in Cinema

The audience is listening.

A Night at the Sci-Tech Academy Awards

An evening at the other Oscars, where the night belongs to the innovators.

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Putting on the Oscars: Backstage at the Dolby Theatre

What it takes to get ready for the biggest night in showbiz.

Popular Mechanics Goes to the Sci-Tech Oscars

At the the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards , the men and women who really make movies happen get their night to shine.