In 1977, quality video effects were expensive and time consuming to have, and more often than not a film relied upon in-camera effects and visual trickery to create their movie magic. One of cinema’s most well known space weapons utilized such a trick when it first debuted on film, and Shanks FX recreated this process in a really fun behind-the-scenes tutorial.

Shanks FX has put out many more informative, and stylish videos that demonstrate how to create visual effects in-camera, to help the indie or DIY filmmaker. From miniature landscapes to space portals, there are lots of helpful videos to be found over on the ShanksFX YouTube page.