Can’t afford a team of digital animators to create special effects for your online video project? Don’t have the necessary permits to fire weapons on set? Is your movie good, but could it possibly be better with, say, a scene where the hero escapes from his nemesis on the wings of a bitchin’ jet pack? Then you need to check out Backyard FX from Indy Mogul.
Erik Beck throws together ingenious (and eminently cheap) solutions for various special effects, starting with jet packs. He’s also contributed a short video essay on editing and shot selection for Make Internet TV.