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Science of the Movies takes you on a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art and science. Appealing to the movie junkie in us all, the new series explores the remarkable - yet rarely celebrated - scientific world that exists behind the screen, spotlighting the visionary artists, entrepreneurial spirit, innovative technology and remarkable techniques responsible for creating unforgettable, edge-of-your-seat moments in blockbuster films.
|S01E01||Spider-Man Motion Control||26/05/2009||"Spider-Man" Motion Control Host Nar Williams explores the motion-control technology behind cloning and the famous "Spidey-sense" shot from "Spider-Man"; Nar rides a CG elephant created by the creature special-effects team behind "300"; Nar embarks on a chase scene using wireless camera mounts.|
|S01E02||The Big Picture: The IMAX Experience||02/06/2009||Nar meets the masterminds who created the killer star-nosed mole creature from "City of Ember"; Nar unravels the science behind the IMAX experience; Nar gets versed in the mechanics – and safety – of movie weaponry by a military technical adviser at ISS Props.|
|S01E03||Horror Movies: Effects That Scare||11/06/2009||Nar constructs a movie camera out of a block of magnesium at world-famous Panavision; Nar learns about the science behind crime-scene blood spatter on Showtime's top series "Dexter"; Nar meets Lola, the leading digital plastic surgeon in Hollywood; an indie filmmaker demonstrates some cheap DIY horror-film effects.|
|S01E04||Crafting an Action Figure||18/06/2009||Nar gets scanned and made into an action figure by the digital wizards at Gentle Giant Studios "Iron Man"; Zoic Studios demonstrates how it creates the vampire effects for HBO's "True Blood"; Nar and a karate sensei use science to scrutinize the veracity of Peter Parker's power punch in "Spider-Man".|
|S01E05||Killa Chase Scenes: 3D Magic||02/07/2009||Nar goes behind the scenes of Sony Pictures Animation's 3-D feature, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"; a professional snowboarder and a scientist attempt to re-create the avalanche scene from "xXx"; Nar explores camera crane technology as developed by Pursuit Systems.|
|S01E06||The Magic of Henson||09/07/2009||New Deal Studios shrinks the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum for the "Night at the Museum" sequel; Nar visits Henson Digital Puppetry Studio and interacts with Sid the Science Kid, a cutting edge example of real-time 3-D animation; Nar learns the mechanics behind camera dollies at Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment.|
|S02E01||The World Is Our Canvas||12/10/2009||Nar visits the masterminds at Obscura Digital, who believe “the world is our canvas” and have the technology to prove it — from huge immersive video domes, interactive building surfaces, and multi-touch holograms! Watch Nar play with their holographic video game! Next he gets the zombie treatment from Quantum Creation FX, and interviews a mortician while undead. And finally he interviews Garrett Brown, the legendary inventor of the Steadicam, and gets a Steadicam boot camp from the master himself.|
|S02E02||Speed: When Buses Fly!||19/11/2009||Nar rides a fake horse from Narnia'at Creature FX, survives a 100mph hurricane at John Frazier's FXPERTS, which creates weather fx for movies, meets Emily, the most convincing CG-created human and tests the physics behind the bus-jump scene in Speed.|
|S02E03||Puppet Meisters - The Magic Behind 'Team America: World Police'||03/12/2009||Nar gets a lesson in puppet sculpting from the Chiodo Brothers, marionette makers for "Team America: World Police". Nar visits Technicolor to get a crash course in movie coloring. Animal Wrangler Jules Sylvester unleashes a roomful of creepy crawlers.|
|S02E04||The Magical World of George Lucas||10/12/2009||ILM uses motion capture fx to create Davy Jones' beard in Pirates of the Caribbean sequels; science of lighting at Mole Richardson; Flash Filmworks creates explosive chopper crashes for The Day the Earth Stood Still; makes low-tech squibs with Indy Mogul.|
|S02E05||Transformers: Bumblebee Rises||17/12/2009||Nar helps FXPERTS reconstruct a 20-foot replica of Bumblebee from Transformers and morphs into a video game character at Image Metrics; the science of 3D moviemaking at Stereoscope; Nar gets his brain waves read by neuromarketing company fMRI.|
|S02E06||Windows Of Opportunity||14/03/2010|
|S02E07||The Explosive Science of '24'||23/03/2010||Sound-design lesson at Todd-AO; night vision and thermal cameras from Sofradir EC; virtual set for the television series "24''; a nuclear scientist has a problem with Indiana Jones.|
|S02E08||The Force Is With You: Skywalker Sound||18/08/2010||Nar Williams stops by Skywalker Sound and voices a Battle Droid, and a palaeontologist examines whether dinosaurs could be cloned.|