VFX Reference Vault: Explosions

Explore our VFX team's favorite reference material as we open our vault of inspiration for a peek into our stash.

VFX Reference Vault: Explosions

Welcome back to the Beyond-FX Reference Vault

Our secret stash of VFX reference materials remains open and ready for sharing! Join us as we showcase some of our favorite materials for some of the most needed real-time VFX. Who knows, these might be just the thing your own real-time VFX reference vault needs…


You can’t go wrong with a well-timed, well-placed, and stunning ka-boom in your work! There’s never a shortage of tasks asking for explosions, so when we huddled our resources to come up with the list below, we had to pick and choose our favorites carefully.

Ready for some explosive inspiration? Check out the following references:

The Slow Mo Guys’ 4K Slow Motion Backdraft

Mad Max: Fury Road Featurette - Tanker Explosion

10 Best Explosive Movie Scenes

Independence Day - “Time’s Up” Scene

Godzilla (2014) - Airport Scene

HBO’s Chernobyl - Nuclear Reactor Explosion Scene

The Slow Mo Guys’ Catching an Explosion in Water at 5 Million FPS

The Explosion Show’s Blowing Things Up With FBI Experts

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - “Want to See My Lease?” Scene

Backdraft - “That’s My Brother” Scene

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