Season 1

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Jupiter in a Jar in HD

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Jupiter in a Jar in HD

Create a realistic looking Jupiter with a jar, milk, dish soap, and food coloring.

Jupiter in a Jar in HD

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Ghostbusters "Surge Protector" Trap

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Ghostbusters "Surge Protector" Trap

Use some prop-building expertise to build this cool modified surge protector.

Ghostbusters "Surge Protector" Trap

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX DIY Game of Thrones "Ice Wall"

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DIY Game of Thrones "Ice Wall"

With styrofoam and the right lighting, this massive prop can be recreated anywhere.

DIY Game of Thrones "Ice Wall"

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

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Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

Creating eerie sci-fi lighting with a new DJI Phantom drone.

Close Encounters of the Drone Kind

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX How to use a Split Focus Diopter

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How to use a Split Focus Diopter

A split focus diopter is an unique way to achieve the illusion of deep focus.

How to use a Split Focus Diopter

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX How to create Water Illusions

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How to create Water Illusions

With the right camera and perfect timing, these water illusions appear out of thin air.

How to create Water Illusions

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Creating the Stargate Portal

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Creating the Stargate Portal

We recreate the classic effect from the 1994 film, Stargate.

Creating the Stargate Portal

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX How to make Dry Ice Comets

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How to make Dry Ice Comets

Follow-up to our "Creating Dry Ice Comets" episode.

How to make Dry Ice Comets

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Creating Dry Ice Comets in 4K

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Creating Dry Ice Comets in 4K

A main ingredient to a comets core is dry ice.

Creating Dry Ice Comets in 4K

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX How to Turn a Stroller Into a Dolly

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How to Turn a Stroller Into a Dolly

If it has wheels, there's a pretty good chance I'm going try and make a dolly out of it.

How to Turn a Stroller Into a Dolly

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Recreating the Aurora Borealis

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Recreating the Aurora Borealis

We attempt to create the Aurora Borealis with a sheet of fabric and a handful of fans.

Recreating the Aurora Borealis

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Petri Dish Planets

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Petri Dish Planets

I attempt to make planets with food coloring , milk, and dish soap.

Petri Dish Planets

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Hologram Thriller

Shanks FX

Hologram Thriller

After finding this skeleton animation I had a few ideas...

Hologram Thriller

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Stop-Motion Star Wars

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Stop-Motion Star Wars

Watch us try and recreate a shot of the Millennium Falcon.

Stop-Motion Star Wars

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Back to the Future: Compositing Techniques

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Back to the Future: Compositing Techniques

Our third installment brings everything together in post-production.

Back to the Future: Compositing Techniques

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Back to the Future: Forced Perspective

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Back to the Future: Forced Perspective

In our second Back to the Future installment, we tackle Forced Perspective.

Back to the Future: Forced Perspective

Video thumbnail: Shanks FX Back to the Future: Stop Motion

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Back to the Future: Stop Motion

I recreate effects from Back to the Future in this three-part series.

Back to the Future: Stop Motion

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