Category: Entertainment . Last updated June 20, 2023.« Back to Themes
Chemistry is everywhere, even in the movies. Look behind the scenes to see how science rather than “magic” produces spectacular effects.
- Why Wintergreen Lifesavers Spark in the Dark: Triboluminescence from ThoughtCo.
A simple and fun candy triboluminescence activity.
- Creating Light with Luminol from AACT
Observe a chemical reaction that releases energy in the form of light, demonstrating chemiluminescence.
- Milk of Magnesia Magic from AACT
Observe a color change in milk of magnesia as vinegar is added.
- Boiling Water & Liquid Nitrogen from AACT
A specific combination boiling water and liquid nitrogen forms a cloud as water vapor in the air condenses on the cold gaseous nitrogen.
- Secret Message from AACT
Reveal a hidden message while understanding simple acid/base chemistry and indicators.
- Dry Ice Color Show from Flinn Scientific
Dry ice and indicator solution are used to create a unexpected colorful show!
- Top Secret
Make two types of invisible ink using homemade recipes.
- Sandy Beaches—A Foray into ‘Magic’ Sand from AACT
Investigate the properties of magic sand and learn about the concept of hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules.
- Flame Test: Going Further from AACT
Investigate the colors produced when several mixtures of metallic ions are placed in a flame.
- Timeline of Special Effects Achievements
Travel through time and see how special effects have changed over the years.
- Shakespearean Special Effects from Bard Stage
How did theaters awe their audiences with special effects hundreds of years ago?
- How Movie Make-up Artists Work
from How Stuff Works
Among the many responsibilities of a make-up artist for a film, includes researching and designing the right type of make-up to be used.
- Smoke and Fog from American Society of Cinematographers
Get it straight from people who use the effects to create their vision, with this article from a publication for cinematographers.
- Special Effects Artist from Berklee
Combine chemistry with many other areas to make a career out of effects and illusions.
- Five Things You Didn’t Know About Movie Pyrotechnics from Allegiant Fire
How did they do that?! Learn more about the fiery displays seen on-screen.
- Mind-blowing Movie Explosions Explained from ACS Reactions
Take a look at the science behind the big movie explosions.
Using Properties of Matter for Special Effects from NBC News Learn
Learn how a special effects expert using changes in the properties of matter to create dramatic special effects, like fake snow, fog and even explosions.
The Chemistry of Hollywood Fake Blood from ACS Reactions
Reactions loves Halloween so this year we’re giving you a historical, chemistry, rundown of fake blood, plus tips on how to make your own!