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Science of the Movies

Science of the Movies

2009
1 Season
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The science behind classic films and modern blockbusters.
Science & Technology

Episodes

  • Spider-Man Motion Control

    1. Spider-Man Motion Control

    "Spider-Man" Motion ControlHost Nar Williams explores the motion-control technology behind cloning and the famous "Spidey-sense" shot.

    44m 42s

  • The Big Picture: The IMAX Experience

    2. The Big Picture: The IMAX Experience

    Nar meets the masterminds who created the killer star-nosed mole creature from "City of Ember"; Nar unravels the science behind IMAX.

    44m 42s

  • Horror Movies: Effects That Scare

    3. Horror Movies: Effects That Scare

    Nar constructs a movie camera out of a block of magnesium at Panavision; Nar learns about the science behind crime-scene blood spatter.

    44m 29s

  • Crafting an Action Figure

    4. Crafting an Action Figure

    Nar gets scanned and made into an action figure by the digital wizards at Gentle Giant Studios "Iron Man".

    44m 44s

  • Killa Chase Scenes: 3D Magic

    5. Killa Chase Scenes: 3D Magic

    Nar goes behind the scenes of Sony Pictures Animation's 3-D feature, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs".

    44m 31s

  • The Magic of Henson

    6. The Magic of Henson

    New Deal Studios shrinks the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum for the "Night at the Museum" sequel; Nar visits Henson Digital Puppetry.

    44m 33s

  • Zombies! Science of the Undead

    7. Zombies! Science of the Undead

    Nar meets Garrett Brown, Oscar-winning inventor of the Steadicam and Skycam; Nar gets a zombie makeover from Quantum Creation FX.

    44m 30s

  • Speed: When Buses Fly!

    8. Speed: When Buses Fly!

    Nar rides a fake horse from Narnia'at Creature FX and survives a 100mph hurricane at John Frazier's FXPERTS.

    44m 32s

  • Puppet Meisters - The Magic Behind 'Team America: World Police'

    9. Puppet Meisters - The Magic Behind 'Team America: World Police'

    Nar gets a lesson in puppet sculpting from the Chiodo Brothers, marionette makers for "Team America: World Police".

    44m 34s

  • The Magical World of George Lucas

    10. The Magical World of George Lucas

    ILM uses motion capture fx to create Davy Jones' beard in Pirates of the Caribbean sequels; science of lighting at Mole Richardson.

    44m 45s

  • Transformers: Bumblebee Rises

    11. Transformers: Bumblebee Rises

    Nar helps FXPERTS reconstruct a 20-foot replica of Bumblebee from Transformers and morphs into a video game character at Image Metrics.

    44m 32s

  • The Explosive Science of '24'

    12. The Explosive Science of '24'

    Nar visits a virtual set for "24"; a nuclear physicist takes issue with a scene in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

    44m 33s

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