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Before and After Special Effects from Various Notable Scenes

Before and After Special Effects from Various Notable Scenes
Special effects are crazy and if they’re overused, can be off-putting (I’m looking at your Star Wars Episodes 1-3). But used right, and special effects can make a scene and drastically reduce set budgets. Check out these before and after shots of rather notable sets that we stumbled upon, including a pair from everyone’s favorite zombie show, The Walking Dead. Related The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From January 2013 Your "Likes", "Tweets", comments and clicks all help us know which are our best posts of the month. In "FS News"

These Photos Are Actually Pencil Perfect Drawings At just 22 years old, Italian artist Diego Fazo has developed the skill to create photo-realistic drawings using a simple charcoal pencil. His latest creation, pictured below, has drawn hundreds of positive comments on his Deviant Art profile. Don’t tell me you can tell the image below is a drawing and not a high-definition photograph, because I don’t buy it. Like other talented artists who started their careers on Deviant Art, Diego is a self-taught pencil master whose technique matured with the passing of the years. Scroll down for more of his awesome drawings, and check out his Deviant Art profile, as well. Reddit Stumble

Hundreds of Slime-Covered Seabirds Wash Ashore, Puzzle Scientists A mysterious greasy substance has been found on hundreds of seabirds — some dead, others injured — that have been washing up along England's south coast. The birds, mostly guillemots, have been discovered along beaches from Weymouth to Torquay covered in the waxy film; many have very sore legs, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has been rescuing the slime-coated creatures. Environmental officials with the U.K.'s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), who are investigating the case, still don't know where the greasy substance came from, but they believe it is a "refined mineral-based oil mixture." "Initial analysis indicates that the contaminant is a refined mineral oil and further analysis results are awaited," Stan Woznicki, the MCA's head of counter pollution, said in a statement Friday. MCA officials said the initial findings indicate that the substance is not palm oil, as had been suggested by at least one scientist.

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Ethereal Macro Photos of Snowflakes in the Moments Before They Disappear Russian photographer Andrew Osokin is a master of winter macro photography. His photo collection is chock full of gorgeous super-close-up photographs of insects, flowers, snow, and frost. Among his most impressive shots are photographs of individual snowflakes that have fallen upon the ground and are in the process of melting away. You can enjoy many more of Osokin’s impressive photographs (16 pages worth, at the moment) over on his website. Andrew Osokin Photography [LensArt via The Curious Brain via Colossal] Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Osokin and used with permission Wonderful Lord of the Rings Art That Goes On And On SExpand Have some more. There's always a lot of talk on the net about how WoW is trash, or Blizzard ruined Warcraft, or this or that or blah blah blah, but at the end of the day, they still put a huge amount of love in to their stories. He also did an absolutely stunning and exact rendition of the story that Blizzard created for the first Pandaren emperor in Mists, the most recent expansion. Have some more! The story of Arthas, potentially Warcraft's most compelling character. The 'ancient' lore of Warcraft.

Butterflies Booking It North as Climate Warms Butterflies from the southern US that used to be rare in the northeast are now appearing there on a regular basis. The trend correlates to a warming climate report the authors of a paper in Nature Climate Change. Subtropical and warm-climate butterflies—including the giant swallowtail (photo above) and the zabulon skipper (photo below)—showed the sharpest population shift to the north. At the same time southern butterflies are moving north, more than 75 percent of northern species—with a range centered north of Boston—are rapidly declining in Massachusetts now. "For most butterfly species, climate change seems to be a stronger change-agent than habitat loss," lead author Greg Breed tells the Harvard Gazette. Breed points to the frosted elfin (photo above), a species that receives formal habitat protection from Massachusetts, and has increased 1,000 percent there since 1992. Butterflies are turning out to be the canaries in the coal mine of climate warming: Greg A.

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100 Best (Free) Science Documentaries Online No matter how much you know, there is always something new to learn about science. While your college courses may cover the basics, you can get a more in-depth look at a wide variety of topics from Internet resources such as these great documentaries. These selections will help you explore everything from the inner reaches of the human mind to the outer areas of our universe and just about everything else in between. Better yet, they’re all free to watch online so you can learn more without spending a dime. Health and Medicine These documentaries cover topics like health care, diseases, nutrition, nursing, and more so you can get great insights into health and medicine. Super Size Me: In this movie, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock attempts to subsist on only a diet of McDonald’s for a full month. Drugs Learn how drugs impact the brain and the variety of legal restrictions imposed upon them from these documentaries. Genetics Evolution and Biological History Physics The Quantum Revolution: Dr. Geology

Google Maps the Grand Canyon With 9,500 Panoramas Now you can get a taste of what it's like to experience the breathtaking wonder of the Grand Canyon, right from your computer chair. As promised, Google has added more than 9,500 panoramic images of the Grand Canyon to its Maps service, the Web giant announced on Thursday. The interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads. "Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees," Google Maps product manager, Ryan Falor, wrote in a blog post. You can also check out the steep inclines of the South Kaibab Trail (below), or virtually travel a few hours away to explore the mind-blowing Meteor Crater, which looks like it's from a different world entirely. The Google Street View team used Trekker, a 40-pound wearable backpack with a 15-camera system on top, to capture 360-degree views of the stunning national monument.

How would you improve your graphic design studio or office? Just lately, we have been wondering how we could improve our graphic design studio to make it a more creative workspace. Whether it means adding a huge mural on the wall or simply designing some graphic art, we feel it could do with a bit of a change. After all, an extravagant and funky working space should give you an extra boost of inspiration! Google Offices Pixar Offices Three Rings Design Offices Nike Offices Red Bull Offices ILSE Media Offices Cartoon Network Lego offices Ogilvy Offices Selgas Cano So if you could add anything to your graphic design studio or office, what would it be?