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New video! Stuff meets Industrial Light & Magic’s special effects wizards

Wham! Bam! Boom! Sploosh! We head over to San Francisco to meet the CGI maestros behind Battleship's special effects

Since George Lucas created Industrial Light & Magic in 1975, the visual effects house has pioneered new special effects tech, using CGI to conjure up gigantic spaceships out of a photo-realistic sea in Battleship, and emotive performances out of motion-captured characters such as the Hulk in Avengers Assemble.

But how do these rendering wizards create the virtual worlds and characters we take for granted? And where can CGI and visual effects take us in the future? We sent intrepid Stuff explorer (and avowed film geek) Stephen Graves to a green screen at ILM HQ to find out. It really is a must-see video

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

Areas of expertise

Computing, mobile, audio, smart home

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