Ian Failes

Ian Failes is a former lawyer and now specialized visual effects and animation writer based in Sydney. He also collects memorabilia from the film 'Speed'. Seriously.
Entertainment
VFX History of 'King Kong', From Stop Motion to Motion Capture
Ian Failes
From the 1933 original to the new 'Skull Island,' the big ape has left his mark.
Entertainment
Rouge One: The Best Practical and CGI Makeup in 'Star Wars'
Ian Failes
From prosthetics and puppets to cutting-edge tech, the franchise has the most distinctive creatures
Entertainment
The Practical Death Star Was Replaced With CGI for 'Rogue One'
Ian Failes
'Rogue One' brings back many old ships, made in a very new way.
Entertainment
Harry Potter Revolutionized Visual Effects Over 13 Years
Ian Failes
From Hogwarts minis to lifelike Quidditch, here are the eight films changed the game.
Entertainment
Practical Effects Fan Mel Gibson Blew People Up For Real in 'Hacksaw Ridge'
Ian Failes
“You've got your blood bag and choosing your blood is important."
Entertainment
The History of Special Effects in Godzilla Movies
Ian Failes
The iconic Japanese monster has gone from rubber suit to CGI.
Entertainment
Tim Burton's VFX History, From 'Beetlejuice' to 'Miss Peregrine'
Ian Failes
From stop-motion to groundbreaking CGI, Burton has led a VFX revolution
Entertainment
The Visual Effects of Spike Jonze's Insane Kenzo Perfume Ad
Ian Failes
The hidden — and not so hidden — special effects of the coolest spot in years
Entertainment
TV's Best Visual Effects, From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Walking Dead'
Ian Failes
A look at TV's best visual effects
Entertainment
How Visual Effects Supervisors Work With Directors
Ian Failes
It takes a very particular skill set to work with many artists to realize one vision.
Entertainment
5 Major Innovations in Stop-Motion Animation 
Ian Failes
From 3D printing to digital graphics, it's more advanced than you think
Innovation
Inside Pinscreen's Secretive Augmented Reality and CGI 
Ian Failes
Inside Pinscreen's highly secretive new tech
Entertainment
How To Make Dragons: VFX History From 'Sinbad' to 'Game of Thrones'
Ian Failes
The history of cinematic fire-breathers is the history of VFX.
Entertainment
How 'Star Trek' Changed Visual Effects History
Ian Failes
From miniatures and glitter to cutting edge computer graphics, the franchise has led the way
Entertainment
'Ghostbusters' Reboot VFX: Slimer and Stay Puft as CGI
Ian Failes
They honored the analog original while using cutting edge VFX
Entertainment
How VFX Arists Helped 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Rain Death
Ian Failes
The massive teams that helped Roland Emmerich achieve his dreams