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See early designs for Marty McFly's Back to the Future 2 hoverboard

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In 1986, Industrial Light and Magic artist John Bell designed what would become an icon of Hollywood futurism, Marty McFly's Hoverboard from Back To The Future 2.

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JJ Abrams on special make-up fx artist Dick Smith: "He was the Beatles to me.”

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From JJ Abrams's fantastic tribute to Dick Smith, the pioneering SFX make-up artist behind The Exorcist, Scanners, Little Big Man, and so many more:

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The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, aired on PBS in 1981.

Why Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion effects were more real than CGI

The death of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen raises questions about the future of special effects, writes Ethan Gilsdorf. In the good old days, it did not take so much to trick the eye.Read the rest