Discovery Science peers behind the screen to explain the Science of the Movies

Taking you behind all those edge-of-your-seat moments in hit blockbuster films like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers and I Am Legend, experience the illusion of the impossible transformed into THE possible!

Premiering Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, Discovery Science gives viewers an all-access pass inside the world of movie magic with SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES. Meet the innovative wizards who bring these films to life as Discovery Science invites viewers on a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art, culture, science and technology.

As a cornerstone of pop culture, movies fascinate societies around the world and, with an ever-increasing impact of technology, learn how computer science has fundamentally changed the movie-making landscape and is now creating what cameras can’t.

Whether it’s helping Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers, or visiting the virtual set for the hit television series 24, hands-on host and self-proclaimed movie geek Nar Williams brings viewers the inside scoop on the tricks of the Hollywood trade.

Appealing to the movie junkie in us all, this new Discovery Science series explores the remarkable – yet rarely celebrated – scientific world that exists behind the screen. SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES breaks down famous movie scenes to reveal the inside science on how each sequence was strung together. From motion-capture film techniques and the science of perspective in chase scenes, to state-of-the-art cameras and creating 3-D worlds, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES features rare behind-the-scenes footage to help bring viewers to the cutting-edge of filmmaking technology.

Acting as the guinea pig, Williams gets some much appreciated hands-on experience to show the technological creative process behind the scenes. Highlighting the equipment used in creating the latest visual effects and computer graphics, coupled with interviews with the award-winning artists, stunt men and technicians responsible for using – or sometimes even inventing – the equipment, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES celebrates the world of movie magic like never before. 

 

Highlights from SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES include:

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “Transformers: Bumblebee Rises”

Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Host Nar Williams helps Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers and later morphs into a video game character at Image Metrics. Then he digs into the science of 3-D moviemaking at Stereoscope and gets his brain waves read by neuromarketing company Applied fMRI Institute – but something goes horribly wrong. 

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Explosive Science of ‘24’”

Monday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Willams gets a lesson in movie sound design at Todd A.O and later the science of night vision and thermal cameras at Sofradir EC. He gets blown up on a Look Effects Inc. virtual set for the TV show 24, and a nuclear physicist challenges the notion that Indiana Jones could survive the nuclear blast from the latest “Indy” movie. 

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Force is with You: Skywalker Sound”

Monday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Williams visits Skywalker Sound and lends his voice to a battle droid from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then Rhythm & Hues creates cutting-edge visual FX for Land of the Lost and Svengali’s matte paintings for I Am Legend. Later, Williams and a palaeontologist see if dinosaurs could really be cloned from DNA à la Jurassic Park.

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