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Shanks studiosJust because you don’t have a whole lot of cash or space doesn’t mean that you can’t have a highly functional studio. In this video by DIY special effects guru Joey Shanks, we’re taken inside his garage-turned-filmmaking-studio and shown the inexpensive tools and items that he uses to make his studio an effective and efficient place to work, as well as a bunch of tips and tricks on how to make the most of what little you may have. More »

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Front Screen ProjectionSince green screens and blue screens are so available and easy to use, the first method a filmmaker thinks of for obtaining visual effects isn’t often front screen projection. But, we’ve actually seen some really incredible pieces of art come out of image projection recently, like Bot & Dolly’s short film Box, as well as Private School Entertainment’s work with projecting motion captured images (to name a few that we’ve covered). Now, practical effects guru Joey Shanks shows us how to use front screen projection, a process that has become quite dated, but still remains an excellent tool for in-camera visual effects. More »

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Shanks FX_cosmosYou can make pretty much anything with visual effects software: other worlds, new creatures, even sharknadoes. With so much creative power at our digital fingertips, it’s easy to forget the incredible effects that we can pull off in the real world with real objects. About a year ago, we shared a few practical effects tutorials by Shanks FX (aka Joe Schenkenberg or Joey Shanks,) which showed how to create warp speed effects with steel wool, as well as alien atmospheres with a fish tank. In this demonstration, Shanks shows us how to create the cosmos with a few dirt cheap household items. More »

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With the advancement of computer generated animation, many effects are no longer done on set where safety and cost are priorities (though it seems CGI ends up costing just as much, if not more). I personally have always been a fan of real effects, and it’s one of the reasons a movie like Star Wars, made back in the late 70s, still looks as good as it does today. A recent example is the practical effects used in the movie The Fountain, where organic fluid effects were filmed on a microscopic level to help make the film feel timeless. A new PBS Digital show created by Joe Schenkenberg (also known as Joey Shanks) gives some practical examples of visual effects that anyone can create at home on a budget. More »