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The fascinating stories of the X-Wing extras who were never stars, but were in 'Star Wars'

A long time ago, in a film studio far, far away, a ragtag alliance of unknown extras donned alien masks to shoot a low-budget sci-fi movie. New documentary "Elstree 1976" tells their stories -- CNET met its director, Jon Spira.

By October 9, 2015


Silk Road is 'Napster all over again,' says 'Deep Web' filmmaker

The director of a new film about Silk Road says he found striking parallels between the issues surrounding the online drug bazaar and Napster, the original music-sharing service.

By March 16, 2015


Impressive dreamlike video features 100 dancing robot balls

Dancing with a room full of robots is more graceful -- and more complicated -- than you might think. CNET's Michael Franco talks to the filmmaker who made it happen.

By September 30, 2015


Pocket Filmmaker: Instagram filmmaking

Our resident pocket filmmaker, Jason van Genderen, focuses in on Instagram and how to make a good 15 second video.

By February 2, 2014


4K? For what? iPhone 6S camera ushers ultra-high resolution into mainstream

Thanks to Apple's new iPhones, the next wave of super-high-def video won't flow from Hollywood or pro sports leagues. It will bubble up from people like you.

By September 25, 2015


Kids' band The Wiggles invades iPhone 6S event in this parody video

The Wiggles replace OneRepublic as Apple's featured musical guest at Wednesday's iPhone event in this parody video from YouTube filmmaker David Elmaleh.

By September 10, 2015


Airbus slides into a wild crosswinds landing

Your stomach might have flipped if you were on board an Airbus A380 that boldly braved an extreme landing in Germany over the weekend.

By September 22, 2015


Meet the man who made movie explosions look cooler

Computer science professor Theodore Kim developed a simulation model that makes smoke, fire and explosions look more realistic on the big screen. Jerry Bruckheimer owes him a very large fruit basket.

By September 18, 2015


Darth Vader invades Middle-earth in this parody trailer

It's Frodo and company against the Galactic Empire in this parody video that pits the realm of Middle-earth against Darth Vader and his army of Stormtroopers.

By September 15, 2015