Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Nowhere Near Here

It's probably best if I let Pahnl, the creator this short film explain.

'Nowhere Near Here' is a stop motion animation that uses a combination of light with stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running around the city at night, doing whatever a dog does. The animation was first exhibited at the The Herbert, in Coventry, on the 7th October 2010.

With well over 300 hours in the making, more than 200 stencils involved and too many cold nights spent outside on my knees getting the shots, I am very happy (and relieved) to finally share this with you. Through the course of shooting 'Nowhere Near Here', I have dealt with curious drunks, a dog almost peeing on the camera (the irony is not lost on me, haha), the endlessly suspicious police and even someone nearly running off with a tripod.

Nowhere Near Here from Pahnl on Vimeo.
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Monday, 28 November 2011


The majority of comments on this video like to jump on the fact that it is fake. Yes indeed there are clues that show it is in fact CGI. However, that for me is no reason for it to not make me smile, which it did in spades. Nice job!

F5 2011 RE:PLAY Film Festival. Inductance from Physalia Studio on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 27 November 2011


Canadian company EXOPC has released a video of their latest creation, EXOdesk. They don't give away much yet but promise us more at next year's CES. Rendered using HTML5 and priced at around $1299, it looks very cool. However I'm slightly worried as to where I'll keep my beer from now on. :)

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Jon Gomm

A truly phenomenal talent is that of Jon Gomm. Watch and listen to this relaxing but amazingly intricate performance of his own composition, "Passionflower". Jon's website can be found here.

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Paint What You Feel

This is rather intriguing video was brought to my attention by Scottish Nature Boy (big thanks) and shows the creation of Benjamin Grosser. A robotic painting machine that uses artificial intelligence to paint its own body of work and to make its own decisions. While doing so, it listens to its environment and considers what it hears as input into the painting process. In the absence of someone or something else making sound in its presence, the machine, like many artists, listens to itself.

Interactive Robotic Painting Machine (2011) from benjamin grosser on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 24 November 2011


Oskar is a blind kitten (born without fully formed eyeballs) who is becoming a bit of a Youtube sensation. His owners have uploaded several videos which you can see on their channel here. The video below shows Oskar the day after he was adopted, playing with his first toys, balls with bells inside.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Piff The Magic Dragon

Penn & Teller have a TV show here in the UK called "Fool Us" where budding magicians are challenged to perform an illusion that the guys are not aware how it was achieved. The guy in the video unfortunately did not manage it, but he has to get kudos for the entertainment value.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Nothing much needs saying about this except that it has made my day. I know you shouldn't laugh at the misfortune of others but when Benton the Labrador takes a shine to the deer in Richmond Park, I couldn't help myself. :)

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Rouge Squadron

One of the "guilds" that plays the game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has created a set of humorous recruitment videos using some very clever editing. For the full collection see their channel but my favourites are below. If you wish to join, then their website can be found here. Oh and yes they know they have spelt Rogue wrong, it's a joke. :)

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Saturday, 19 November 2011


This looks to me like something from a sci-fi film but its actually a genuine product. The "NeverWet" coating from Ross Technology Corp is superhydrophobic meaning it doesn't allow the coated item to get wet, dirty or let any bacteria adhere to its surface.

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Friday, 18 November 2011


Flipbook animation is not new of course but the following is a little different (it's not really animation at all) and it made me smile today so that makes it worth sharing. Enjoy!

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Thursday, 17 November 2011


Those crazy Canadians! Where's Godzilla when you need him?

60 million years ago in the sweltering heat of a climate 6 to 8 degrees warmer than today lived a monstrous snake called Titanoboa. It was only at these warmer temperatures which are at the upper end of climate change predictions that the cold blooded beast was able to reach these sizes.

The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate this 50 foot, 1 ton beast as an amphibious, electromechanical serpent machine at Vancouver’s eatART Lab.
Check out just the first 20 vertebrae being tested.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011


I'm afraid I have absolutely no information on this except that it is currently doing the rounds on Facebook and whomever the dancer is, he has superb skills. Enjoy!

EDIT: With thanks to Al, I can now tell you it is Marquese Scott aka "Nonstop" from Atlanta.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Spiral Art

There is no escaping advertising but when it is as good as this, I really don't mind so much. Faber Castell hired Singapore-based artist Chan Hwee Chong to create meticulous spiral drawings of three masterpieces using their pens. This is all done with one single line. Luckily a video was shot by Eric Yeo as Chong he draws Girl With A Pearl Earring by Vermeer.

Faber Castell from eric yeo on Vimeo.
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Monday, 14 November 2011

Filming Fail

Just a quick one today folks. Sorry I have been so busy as to not post for a day or so but never fear I have some good stuff coming up.

I'm sure you're all familiar with the phenomena of dropping Mentos in to Diet Coke. If you're not, Google is your friend. But this one made me duck.

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Amy Shackleton

I would assume that the painting technique of Canadian artist Amy Shackleton is unique because she doesn't use brushes at all. Perfecting instead a process that involves paint and gravity to create superb scenes that combine the man-made with the natural world. I even recognise some of the places she paints.

At only 25, Toronto based Amy has exhibited paintings in New York, London, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Shackleton's work was recently selected for purchase by the Colart Collection in Montreal. Shackleton received her BFA Honours Degree from York University. She paints full time from her new studio space in Toronto and you can see more of her work on her website.

In the following video she is shown at 800x normal speed to illustrate a process which usually takes hours.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator is a comedy film by Charlie Chaplin released in October 1940 whilst the US was technically still at peace with Nazi Germany. This was Chaplin's first true talking picture as well as his most commercially successful film. More importantly, it was the first major feature film of its period to satirize Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

On the anniversary of armistice day it seems appropriate to post the final speech that Chaplin made in the film. Some clever person has recognised that his words are just as relevant today as they were then and has mixed the speech with some powerful imagery. It really makes you think.

One Of The Greatest Speeches Ever Made - Watch MoreFunny Videos
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Thursday, 10 November 2011

WVIL Concept

Unfortunately this is not yet a real product but a concept camera from Artefact. WVIL (Wireless, Viewfinder, Interchangeable, Lens) is a patent-pending system which takes the connectivity and application platform capabilities of today's smart phones and wirelessly connects them with interchangeable full SLR-quality optics. For more information see the website.

Concept Camera: The WVIL from Artefact on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Glass Is Liquid

Esque Designs is a glassblowing studio in Portland Oregon that commissioned this short film to illustrate their fascinating art and skill. Apart from the obvious beauty of the whimsical pieces the film is beautifully shot too.

Glass Is Liquid. from Mike Call on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Torch Route

As I'm sure you know by now The Olympic Games are coming to London next year. My overseas readers will probably not be bothered, but the UK residents amongst you might be interested in the following animation that shows the route that the Olympic Torch will take to London. For a more detailed look at the route you can use this interactive map. I'm quite excited as it will make an overnight stop in Worcester, my hometown.

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Not Shopped

The one drawback of the digital age of photography is that when someone captures a truly stunning photograph it is often assumed that it has been manipulated in some way. Take the following as an example. This image looks so surreal (click to enlarge) that it might even be a painting right? But actually it is a photograph and more to the point it is one that has not been altered in Photoshop. As the National Geographic describes it...

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Western Spaghetti

A very novel animation that was recognised as a 2009 Sundance Film Festival Winner. You can follow the creator PES on Twitter here.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011


Here is the trailer for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5 game from Rock Star Games. It doesn't give much away but I'm sure it will be as bigger hit as previous versions.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

How Much Does The Internet Weigh?

I bet that is a question you have often asked yourself. No? Oh well, those kind geeks over at vsauce have answered it for you anyway. If you're too normal to want to watch the video, it's about the same as a strawberry. For the rest of you see below.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Life In A Day (Full Version)

Do you remember this? Then of course later I posted this update. Well now, if you have time, you can see the full thing below. A collaboration between director Kevin Macdonald, producer Ridley Scott and thousands of volunteer individuals, Life in a Day had contributors send in video of their daily routine, all shot on July 24, 2010. The final film was pulled together from over 4,500 hours of footage sent in from 192 different countries.

With two live-streams this past January, the film enjoyed a brief theatrical run and is now permanently available on YouTube with subtitles in 25 different languages. I urge you to click below to watch the entire film. It is well worth it as the end result is a fascinating, often moving, often humorous, often astounding, truly fascinating piece of work.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

DST For Dummies

As we just changed our clocks back to GMT from DST here in the UK, I thought it was a good time to post this great video from the guy that brought us this and this, CGP Grey. Enjoy!

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