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We create Hollywood effects with simple household products... and so can you.

Episodes

Season 1
Episode 64
Create a realistic looking Jupiter with a jar, milk, dish soap, and food coloring.
Season 1
Episode 63
Use some prop-building expertise to build this cool modified surge protector.
Season 1
Episode 62
Get mesmerized with giant bubble reflections.
Season 1
Episode 61
With styrofoam and the right lighting, this massive prop can be recreated anywhere.
Season 1
Episode 60
Creating eerie sci-fi lighting with a new DJI Phantom drone.
Season 1
Episode 59
In this video, Joey crafts his own Hurricane Balls (like the classic toy) to showcase the...
Season 1
Episode 58
A split focus diopter is an unique way to achieve the illusion of deep focus. The half...
Season 1
Episode 57
Water Illusions can happen when you film fast movement with the right type of camera, but...
Season 1
Episode 56
The lightsaber sound from Star Wars was created by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt. He...
Season 1
Episode 55
Go back in time to 1977 and learn how the lightsaber was first captured with the help of...
Season 1
Episode 54
Learn how to create a water vortex by drilling a hole at the bottom of plastic aquarium...
Season 1
Episode 53
The 1994 film Stargate combined CGI and practical effects to create the portal sequence...
Season 1
Episode 52
Follow-up to our "Creating Dry Ice Comets" episode where we show the step by step process...
Season 1
Episode 51
A main ingredient to a comets core is dry ice. As it gets closer to the sun the ice...
Season 1
Episode 50
If it has wheels, there's a pretty good chance I'm going try and make a dolly out of it....
Season 1
Episode 49
We attempt to create the Aurora Borealis with a sheet of fabric and a handful of fans. We...
Season 1
Episode 48
I attempt to make planets with food coloring , milk, and dish soap.
Season 1
Episode 47
I found this skeleton animation on my computer doing the dance from Michael Jackson's...
Season 1
Episode 46
Watch us try and recreate the Millennium Falcon shot from the teaser trailer to STARS...
Season 1
Episode 45
An in-depth look at Creating the Cosmos. In this episode I break down my process of...
Season 1
Episode 44
Watch us rebuild the INTERSTELLAR black hole with all "In-Camera" elements. I've been...
Season 1
Episode 43
Our third installment deals with the post production process in achieving our "time slice...
Season 1
Episode 42
In our second Back to the Future installment, we tackle the technique of "Forced...
Season 1
Episode 41
After doing the Ghostbusters proton streams I came up with an idea to re-create the time...
Season 1
Episode 40
Why do the people with the high speed Phantom camera get to have all the fun?! I rented...
Season 1
Episode 39
I've always incorporated flashlights in my lighting arsenal. And with LED lights getting...
Season 1
Episode 38
The Thrift Shop can be a magical place filled with many great items that can serve as...
Season 1
Episode 37
SCI-FLY the sci-fi short film is the inspiration behind this web series. Everything you...
Season 1
Episode 36
Filmmakers often try different techniques to create the same effect. In this clip, see...
Season 1
Episode 35
A sand picture consists of two panes of glass glued together creating an air tight seal.
Season 1
Episode 34
Bubbles act like a prism, reflecting the basic colors of the Cosmos.
Season 1
Episode 33
Create majestic star-fields with a flashlight, paper towel, and a plate of glass.
Season 1
Episode 32
I try and create a Bungee Gimbal Stabilizer mount for my car.
Season 1
Episode 31
I had an itch to rent a drone for a few days, here's what I learned.
Season 1
Episode 30
Holograms are indeed the future, so why not try and make some!
Season 1
Episode 29
Some quick hints to make your editing station and project workflow run more efficiently.
Season 1
Episode 28
We attempt to recreate the "proton streams" made famous in the film Ghostbusters.
Season 1
Episode 27
Check out some of our odd but effective techniques we use to make our films!
Season 1
Episode 26
Some highlights of the hit Webby Award winning series, Shanks FX.
Season 1
Episode 25
3D scanning & printing are used to emulate one of the most iconic statuettes of our time.
Season 1
Episode 24
Joey Shanks recreates a spaceship flying through outer space via visual effects.
Season 1
Episode 23
Before Green Screen, there was Front Screen Projection. Joey Shanks walks us through it.
Season 1
Episode 22
Can you tell the difference between film and digital? Test yourself with these side-by-...
Season 1
Episode 21
In this episode, Filmmaker Joey Shanks reveal one of his most effective techniques, The...
Season 1
Episode 20
Learn how to create your own giant bubble wand or just sit back and watch the magic.
Season 1
Episode 19
Experience a creepy, crawly look at spiders originally in High Definition.
Season 1
Episode 18
Joey Shanks shows off the time-lapse technique with a tribute to the 2011 movie, "Drive."
Season 1
Episode 17
Joey recreates the classic Star Trek transport effect using Christmas lights!
Season 1
Episode 16
Watch a magical time-lapse sequence perfect for summer and ice cream lovers!
Season 1
Episode 15
Let yourself be mesmerized by magnificent magnetic putty.
Season 1
Episode 14
Create your own text and titles by using Joey Shanks' light painting technique.
Season 1
Episode 13
Joey Shanks teaches one of the most basic special effects: reverse motion.
Season 1
Episode 12
Joey heads to the Slamdance Film Festival to premiere his short film, "Sci-Fly." Note:...
Season 1
Episode 11
Join filmmaker Joey Shanks on his heroic quest to save his camera from the treetops...
Season 1
Episode 10
Filmmaker Joey Shanks tries out and reviews the new GoPro.
Season 1
Episode 9
Follow a slug around a vacant kitchen in this award-winning short film by Joey Shanks.
Season 1
Episode 8
Joey teaches the popular stop-motion animation technique as seen in his film, "Wiggle...
Season 1
Episode 7
Filmmaker Joey Shanks shows the basic process of creating a Star Field background.
Season 1
Episode 6
Filmmaker Joey Shanks uses Fiber Optic Lights to create the effect of hyperspace.
Season 1
Episode 5
Create the effect of a rocket ship jetting through outer space with a propane nozzle.
Season 1
Episode 4
Turn an air compressor into a blood cannon for your gory horror film special effects!
Season 1
Episode 3
Dry ice, the solid form of Carbon Dioxide, is often used for creating captivating visual...
Season 1
Episode 2
Have you ever wondered how some of your favorite movies create alien atmospheres? This...
Season 1
Episode 1
Joey creates the hypnotizing visual effect of warp speed by setting steel wool on fire.

Specials

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