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By on July 18, 2011, with 25 Comments

Regular readers may remember that I was planning a trip Universal Studios shortly after posting my recent forced perspective article. While these pictures from a previous trip to the park may not technically involve forced perspective, it still was fun to be able to take interactive photos with the cartoon characters from The Simpsons. My boyfriend and I took these while they were building The Simpsons Ride and had these fun partitions up to block off the construction from the public.

While I didn’t end up getting any good forced perspective images during my most recent trip, I did learn a lot about the illusions used in movies to convince us that what’s on the screen is actually going on in reality. There are tons of special effects used in movies, from set models to green screen to motion capture, which is why a trip to Universal Studios is so cool. They really try to explain these effects and use them to interact with park-goers in real time. Perhaps the best example was their Special Effects show, which can be seen in its entirety here:

What do you guys think of these kind of movie illusions? Would you like to see more of them on the site?

  • Tony Beverage

    Love this! I Wanna go there!!

  • Ashley

    This is an optical illusion i made of my fav singer Key, from SHINee! :D

    • Ashley

      http://www.iaza.com/work/110718C/iaza19557117754300.gif and this but it failed. not my prob, friends XD

    • Taeminnielove

      *Listening to SHINee* blah blah scroll through pictures out of boredom :O ‘KEEEEYY!!!!!!’

      ^^what just happened. You’re awesome

    • jennyspark

      whats the illusion?

  • ZL123

    Woar. It’s okay…

  • Ron Calhoun

    The secret of good video is good audio. I wish the audio was better. I produce Video so I like this.

  • anon

    that movie illusion is a half-an hour long.

    • Deesby

      thanks tips…

  • bert

    when i went to universal studios i just watched half of that….. THANKS FOR THE OTHER HALF XD

  • Thelma Huss

    The video was fun to watch – thanks.

  • Care Bear

    Can you imagine some alien archeologist in the far distant future creating an understanding of human civilization and factoring these images into its conclusions?

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  • Grace

    Aw, you look nice Jill! I didn’t watch the whole video, but the part I saw was cool!

  • http://aqfl.net Ant

    Is it me or does this web page reload/refresh? A bit annoying while watching this long embedded video!

    • ethan

      lol yea i noticed that 2

  • i lol

    brilliant i thought these were photoshopped at first!! cardboard?

  • BizoZiez1337

    Omg that video is amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Bob

    Your shirts see through

  • a person

    i can’t believe i actually watched that whole video!

  • http://twitter.com/makebirth edson francisco bonfim

    muito bom gostei bom.

  • John

    WOW! Americans really are vaccous. No wonder your society is dead and your economy is a joke.

    Game over for the eternal Peter Pan balls. Grow spoilt brats.

  • Abz

    I went there and never fucking thought of that!

  • heather

    we went to the one in Florida and my dad was called upon stage to do the bike scene in 101 Dalmations when he fell in the water. it was fun