VFXcool: Back to the Future Trilogy (1/2)

  • Published: 31 August 2017
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    Time to step away from viral videos and discuss some historically epic VFX work. In this episode, Captain Disillusion dives into the tech Industrial Light & Magic used to create the diverse visuals of the Back to the Future trilogy.


    Unless otherwise indicated, all footage and images used to illustrate this video essay are property of Universal Pictures and ILM.

    Intro theme by Hachik0 (soundcloud.com/snijboer)
    DeLorean 3D model by Chris Kuhn (facebook.com/Kuhn-Industries)
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Comments • 1 705

  • thepizzacar pizza
    thepizzacar pizza  2 weeks back

    All a computer has to be before it is a "computer" is that it can take in input, store it, process it, and output it.

  • Starlit-Night Gacha
    Starlit-Night Gacha  3 weeks back

    Has anyone else been on the main town area set? 🤔

    • Hans Von Mannschaft
      Hans Von Mannschaft  4 weeks back

      All of that sounds so... exhausting.

      • Charlie Kingsley
        Charlie Kingsley  4 weeks back

        All four of those are in my top 10 movies ever

        • Jay Albertson
          Jay Albertson  4 weeks back

          This is beyond cool. Good work.

          • Jack Black
            Jack Black  4 weeks back

            Actually the change in the logo might have been because it looked a tad too much like Mandrake the Magician. A fictional comic book and comic strips characters most kids nowadays don't know about unless they "Google" about it.

            • Calvin Howard
              Calvin Howard  1 months back

              What about space jam with Michael Jordan

              • I Am
                I Am  1 months back

                Suddenly i have an idea i dont understand why hasn't been implemented.

                Take a regular vehicle and view its rapid movements. Set animation parameters so it doesn't exceed what the most rapid iteration of its movements would be irl.

                Am i suffering from running kreuger or is the software nonexistent?

                • I Am
                  I Am  1 months back

                  Example. Pixel X cannot transpose a certain number of paces on the screen

                  So balls and cars won't accelerate / decelerate in unnatural looking ways

              • I Am
                I Am  1 months back


                I had to go back and watch it again so i could see what he did.

                It was always there in front of him, he wiped it and seamlessly animated it coming up? I'm obsessed at this point xD

                • Sergi Medina
                  Sergi Medina  1 months back

                  It's curious Robert Zemeckis did movies I really love and some I hate.

                  • Cachicochip
                    Cachicochip  1 months back

                    You can't even imagine the skill it takes just to come up with that effect at 0:09...

                    • Andrew Gilbertson
                      Andrew Gilbertson  1 months back

                      Made me very happy when you hit the lights & sound on that Delorean model. I've got that one at home, too!

                      • Technical Sikh
                        Technical Sikh  2 months back

                        we want you on netflix or some other shit, please.

                        • Daniel Bytheway
                          Daniel Bytheway  2 months back

                          Do jason and the argonauts skeleton vs human stop motion scene. It's incredible

                          • Chad Broski
                            Chad Broski  2 months back

                            When I saw you move the camera “Noooooooooo!”

                            • Big Mans
                              Big Mans  2 months back

                              How is the dude who spun the bucket hat video real, I’m shook

                              • OchaTime
                                OchaTime  2 months back

                                Love the Super Famicom BttF theme.

                                • mightyhidden
                                  mightyhidden  2 months back

                                  captain... we don't deserve you... what an ancient god of youtube!

                                  • lefteris biliatis
                                    lefteris biliatis  2 months back

                                    0:00 bruh the guy sounds like a dog

                                    • Daniel Yyy408
                                      Daniel Yyy408  2 months back

                                      Why does he remind me of Doug demuro

                                      • Vault boy 21
                                        Vault boy 21  3 months back

                                        What is this "star wars" your talking about

                                        • Staple_Boi
                                          Staple_Boi  3 months back

                                          Jorge Lukas

                                          • Making Games
                                            Making Games  3 months back

                                            OK, this was seriously cool. 1988 and 1989 were GREAT years. Roger Rabbit AND BTTF II. I remember seeing Back to the Future in the cinema, what a rush. It was also the year I saw ¨The last starfighter¨ on TV. Roger Rabbit I missed, but I caught it on VHS whilst studying as an animator/computer artist. And then I got to see Toy Story AND Jurassic Park. It was an amazing time.
                                            Tell me, did you have fun creating the robotic arms in 3D? You must have, it would be most cost effective, but nice job on the textures on the d´Lorean! It´s amazing how far we have come.

                                            • control Gomez
                                              control Gomez  3 months back

                                              I got admit
                                              I thought this channel was going to be
                                              Kind of boring I think is one of the best you tuber I ever seen .
                                              Never judge a book by his cover
                                              Or in this case cover painted face

                                              • urahara64360
                                                urahara64360  3 months back

                                                Yep Spielberg and Burton do the same thing where they put their names on things they produced but didn't actually direct

                                                • Steven CJ
                                                  Steven CJ  3 months back


                                                  • Karol Palazej
                                                    Karol Palazej  3 months back

                                                    Wait, that first one was real? The one with the floating hat? but how.

                                                    • Adrian Dostoevsky
                                                      Adrian Dostoevsky  3 months back

                                                      Thank you Captain D.

                                                      • Juan Mena
                                                        Juan Mena  3 months back

                                                        All Hail Ribert Zemeckis 🙌

                                                        • oseacomopollo
                                                          oseacomopollo  4 months back

                                                          I always liked "back to the future". Thanks to your video, I like it better now. but you forgot to mention a great effect ... how did they make the delorean rc scene? Well, it´s a guy in a dog costume. See again if you don't believe me.

                                                          • Terry Cooper
                                                            Terry Cooper  4 months back

                                                            INSTANT SUBSCRIBE!

                                                            • Aem111607
                                                              Aem111607  4 months back

                                                              Lol it starts playing Jurassic park

                                                              • Ducky McDuck
                                                                Ducky McDuck  4 months back

                                                                Fun fact ILM means weather in Estonia

                                                                • coolguyhino92
                                                                  coolguyhino92  4 months back

                                                                  PLEASE continue this series!!!!!!!!

                                                                  • tvsinesperanto
                                                                    tvsinesperanto  4 months back

                                                                    So cute that movie "engineers" adapted the logic that engineers like me developed the tech for.

                                                                    Ok that sounds like hubris. Yeah, no apologies. Fuck you! I worked on this shit in the 80's you losers!

                                                                    • tvsinesperanto
                                                                      tvsinesperanto  4 months back

                                                                      OK, not gonna go into full geek mode but Wes Takahashi is my fucking senpai

                                                                      • Brad Cozine
                                                                        Brad Cozine  4 months back

                                                                        "Trilogy (1/2)"

                                                                        • ISLIPPEDONMYBEANS !
                                                                          ISLIPPEDONMYBEANS !  4 months back

                                                                          It's a Vista Cruiser you could literally cruise the vistas.

                                                                          I love those movies. I feel like binge watching them and the original Ninja Turtles Movie.... Oh to be young again.

                                                                          • PhoenixFire504
                                                                            PhoenixFire504  4 months back

                                                                            Captain deserves his own Netflix show.

                                                                            • Anestis Kozakis
                                                                              Anestis Kozakis  5 months back

                                                                              Bob Gale was co-writer for the BTTF series, along with Zemeckis. he keeps getting forgotten. I'm including him here (catching up o watching CD episodes) to correct a wrong for him being left out. Bad Captain Disillusion. Bad!

                                                                              • Skating rex
                                                                                Skating rex  5 months back

                                                                                SO BASICLY RICK AND MORTY

                                                                                • ItsWilcoOfficial
                                                                                  ItsWilcoOfficial  5 months back

                                                                                  Industrial light and magic.
                                                                                  Thats where mythbusters came from

                                                                                  • Cooper Hickmott
                                                                                    Cooper Hickmott  5 months back


                                                                                    • Nickel Copy
                                                                                      Nickel Copy  5 months back

                                                                                      "I just want to touch it all and play with it all day long."...Same, lol

                                                                                      • T M
                                                                                        T M  5 months back

                                                                                        1/2 i see what u did there

                                                                                        • bill Niko
                                                                                          bill Niko  5 months back

                                                                                          ILM a professional fake video maker and provider.

                                                                                          • Samuel Lawrence
                                                                                            Samuel Lawrence  5 months back

                                                                                            How is the first video real.

                                                                                            • The Real Clayton
                                                                                              The Real Clayton  5 months back

                                                                                              Sir, where did you go????? I need more of your material!!!!