The Most Amazing, Difficult, And Gorgeous Special Effects Of 2014

VFX guru Paul Debevec talks about this year's best movie magic
The trench run briefing scene from Star Wars

Great animation takes more than building the character with the highest pore-count or spending the most money on explosions. It takes science, artisanship, and rigorous attention to detail. Computer graphics researcher Paul Debevec ought to know—his work has been used to create movies like The Matrix and Avatar. We spoke to Debevec about his favorite motion picture innovations from the past year. Click through as we dive into the techniques used in eight great new movies.

Maleficent scene
Down of the Planet of the Apes
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Captain America: The Winter Soldier