For gamers, World of Warcraft represents a massive universe in which they’ve spent large amounts of time. But for many moviegoers, WoW’s Azeroth is a completely foreign place they know nothing about. So for Warcraft, director Duncan Jones—a gamer himself—had to create a movie world that would bring in new fans and make long-time WoW players feel like they were coming home. To do that, he worked with Industrial Light & Magic to build his movie’s look and feel from the ground up, combining motion-capture performances, CGI, and scenes shot in the real world. Find out how they did it in the video above.

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