Create a realistic looking Jupiter with a jar, milk, dish soap, and food coloring.
Use some prop-building expertise to build this cool modified surge protector.
Get mesmerized with giant bubble reflections.
With styrofoam and the right lighting, this massive prop can be recreated anywhere.
Creating eerie sci-fi lighting with a new DJI Phantom drone.
The wonders of angular momentum!
A split focus diopter is an unique way to achieve the illusion of deep focus.
With the right camera and perfect timing, these water illusions appear out of thin air.
We've done the lightsaber video, now let's tackle the sound.
Go back in time to 1977 and learn how the lightsaber was first created.
Learn how to create a water vortex.
We recreate the classic effect from the 1994 film, Stargate.
Follow-up to our "Creating Dry Ice Comets" episode.
A main ingredient to a comets core is dry ice.
If it has wheels, there's a pretty good chance I'm going try and make a dolly out of it.
We attempt to create the Aurora Borealis with a sheet of fabric and a handful of fans.
I attempt to make planets with food coloring , milk, and dish soap.
After finding this skeleton animation I had a few ideas...
Watch us try and recreate a shot of the Millennium Falcon.
An in-depth look at Creating the Cosmos.
Watch us rebuild the INTERSTELLAR black hole.
Our third installment brings everything together in post-production.
In our second Back to the Future installment, we tackle Forced Perspective.
I recreate effects from Back to the Future in this three-part series.
Why do the people with the high speed Phantom camera get to have all the fun?
I've always incorporated flashlights in my lighting arsenal.
The Thrift Shop can be a magical place.
SCI-FLY the sci-fi short film is the inspiration behind this web series.
I replace the burning steel wool with LED lights to create a similar warp speed effect.
Some highlights of the hit Webby Award winning series, Shanks FX.
3D scanning & printing are used to emulate one of the most iconic statuettes of our time.
Joey Shanks recreates a spaceship flying through outer space via visual effects.
Before Green Screen, there was Front Screen Projection. Joey Shanks walks us through it.
Can you tell the difference between film and digital? Test yourself.
Filmmaker Joey Shanks reveal one of his most effective techniques, The Sheet of Glass.
Learn how to create your own giant bubble wand or just sit back and watch the magic.
Experience a creepy, crawly look at spiders originally in High Definition.
Joey Shanks shows off the time-lapse technique with a tribute to the 2011 movie, "Drive."
Joey recreates the classic Star Trek transport effect using Christmas lights!
Watch a magical time-lapse sequence perfect for summer and ice cream lovers!
Let yourself be mesmerized by magnificent magnetic putty.
Create your own text and titles by using Joey Shanks' light painting technique.
Joey Shanks teaches one of the most basic special effects: reverse motion.
Joey heads to the Slamdance Film Festival to premiere his short film, "Sci-Fly."
Join filmmaker Joey Shanks on his heroic quest to save his camera from the treetops...
Filmmaker Joey Shanks tries out and reviews the new GoPro.
Follow a slug around a vacant kitchen in this award-winning short film by Joey Shanks.
Joey teaches the popular stop-motion animation technique as seen in his film, Wiggle Room.
Filmmaker Joey Shanks shows the basic process of creating a Star Field background.
Filmmaker Joey Shanks uses Fiber Optic Lights to create the effect of hyperspace.
Create the effect of a rocket ship jetting through outer space with a propane nozzle.
Turn an air compressor into a blood cannon for your gory horror film special effects!
See how transforming packaged dry ice into bubble form can represent celestial bodies!
Have you ever wondered how some of your favorite movies create alien atmospheres?
Joey creates the hypnotizing visual effect of warp speed by setting steel wool on fire.
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