chromatophoria
 member, 662 posts
 Tentacles for all!
Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 08:41
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
Dear fabulous nerds of my heart,

Can you point me at any references of amazing visual effects for magic in any video games or movies?

In particular, I'm interested to know if any visualised magic exists that is based on 'waveforms', like audio/sound.

Yours truly,
chroma
phoenix9lives
 member, 961 posts
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 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 12:24
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
I know it's not what you're looking for, but I liked the FX in The Sorceror's Apprentice.  That was mostly electrical I think.
jwneil
 member, 29 posts
Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 17:03
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
Also in X-Men First Class, Banshee is a sound-based mutant.  The FX for his powers looked good.
jpetoh
 member, 367 posts
 As irrational
 as pi.
Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 17:32
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
"Tuning" from 'Dark City' was one of the earliest examples of a good transparent wave technique.
gladiusdei
 member, 610 posts
Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 17:43
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
I thought it was Q'ning.  But yeah, great movie and great effects.  Fits psionics a bit more than magic, though.
engine
 member, 544 posts
Thu 8 Feb 2018
at 17:45
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
I really enjoyed the effects in Doctor Strange. At least one of them involved sort of "striking" the magical effect and having it ripple outward. The effects they made tended to be rigid planes or taut wires, but it's not hard to imagine vibrating membranes or rods.
Eggy
 member, 776 posts
Thu 8 Feb 2018
at 18:33
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
I thought the sound-based martial arts in Kung Fu Hustle were good.
Carakav
 member, 633 posts
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Thu 8 Feb 2018
at 20:53
Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
For audio-inspired FX? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes to mind.

The later Saints Row games also have some music-inspired effects.
Eggy
 member, 777 posts
Thu 8 Feb 2018
at 22:41
Re: Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
Carakav:
For audio-inspired FX? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes to mind.

Good choice! I especially liked the scene with The Katayanagi Twins.
jwneil
 member, 30 posts
Fri 9 Feb 2018
at 14:00
Re: Best visual effects for magic in a video game or movie?
Eggy:
Carakav:
For audio-inspired FX? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes to mind.

Good choice! I especially liked the scene with The Katayanagi Twins.


Aw - How could I have forgotten that one!?!  Yeah - I third the Scott Pilgrim nomination.