VFX Breakdowns: 10 behind-the-scenes looks at how incredible effects were created for Hollywood films

It seems incredible, but this summer's crop of blockbuster movies is likely to be even more numerous than the last few years.

In fact it's meant to be the biggest ever year for so-called tentpole movies, crowding in to 2015 in a battle for audiences at multiplex cinemas.

As well as the return (hooray) of Star Wars, there's Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Pan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Mission Impossible 5, Spectre (aka James Bond 24), Fast and Furious 7, Ant-Man, and many more. Not forgetting of course The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which due to a plethora of leading characters has crowding issues all of its own.

All in all there are 35 tentpole films slated in 2015 that could bring in $6.6 billion of box office receipts, according to a report on MyersBizNet.

All this of course means a steady stream of VFX and creative postproduction work for the world's digital dream factories. The likes of Double Negative, Framestore, MPC and numerous other facilities, large and small, will have been hard at work devising new ways to make a man fly, a car to explode, a dinosaur to stomp on a villain or just bring the world to an end.

We'll be able to see for ourselves that levels of innovation in visual effects are as high as ever. If you want more proof, check out these great interviews with Oscar- and BAFTA-winning VFX supervisors Paul Franklin and Tim Webber, and animation director Eamonn Butler, speaking to Digital Arts at the VFX Festival in London.

As this perfect storm of VFX approaches, it seems a good time to gather together some of the best exposés of blockbusters of recent years, just to whet your appetite for what is to come.

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar picked up the VFX Oscar in 2015. 's latest opus follows a team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

The sci-fi epic's visual effects were created under VFX supervisor Paul Franklin of London-based Double Negative. Find out how the team created the terrifying black hole in this Warner Bros. breakdown.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The final part of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on Tolkein's classic tale, The Battle of the Five Armies features a host of vivid, destructive VFX by Weta Digital, not the least being the fantastic realisation of the dragon Smaug's destruction of LakeTown.

This VFX breakdown also depicts how Weta created the epic climatic battle, as five great armies go to war. 

Godzilla (2014)

In Gareth Edward's take on the world's most famous monster tale, Godzilla is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

MPC was the lead VFX studio bringing the iconic title creature to life. The team was led by MPC Vancouver VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron and VFX producer Philip Greenlow. Read how they created a monster in this feature and watch the action in this VFX breakdown.

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