Walking out of Pacific Rim I could only think one thing: How did that movie cost anything less than $1 trillion to make? Whether you think it's God's gift to the summer movie or an overrated Guillermo del Toro movie, it's hard to argue that the level of spectacle on display in Pacific Rim is anything but staggering. The sheer scale of the movie is unprecedented in the live-action format, but it also doesn't coast by on just size alone.
One of the coolest things about del Toro's movie is how he mixed together practical props and set pieces with CGI to create a world where you'd believe in cavernous bunkers where man built giant robots to fight equally giant monsters that kept emerging from a transdimensional rift at the bottom of the ocean. And while we're sure Warner Bros. will be packing the Blu-ray with plenty of cool making-of featurettes, you don't have to wait a few months to see how del Toro's team pulled it off. Thanks to FX Guide TV, you can see it all right now.
What's particularly great about this behind-the-scenes video is that it approaches it purely from the technical side, so it doesn't have the fluffy, "Yay, our movie is amazing!" that usually comes with studio-produced featurettes. This is a dense, 30-plus-minute look at the obstacles the team was up against and how they overcame them. It's like a free intro lesson to how VFX are done these days, and if you've got any interest in this side of moviemaking, it's a very good watch.